Richard is a Chartered Accountant, with extensive business experience gained across a variety of sectors, including Manufacturing, Retailing and Property. Having operated in CFO, COO and Head of Business positions Richard’s strengths lie in Strategic Development, Business Planning and M & A.
Richard was previously a pivotal contributor to the growth experienced by the Crosby Group, an organisation synonymous with many landmark residential developments in the UK’s provincial cities. From a fledgling business in 1997, it grew substantially through the period up to 2005, resulting in a disposal to the Lend Lease Corporation for £260 million.
In 2011, Richard established his own business looking to use his business experience and network to help SME’s grow and develop, providing Strategic Development services focused on five key areas:
Planning – defining direction
Development – defining and exploiting the market
Structuring – creating and enhancing infrastructure
Support – providing guidance and expertise
Performance – measurement, evaluation and improvement.
Testimonials from Richard’s clients and past business partners
“We are now beginning to see some real results from the Market Positioning work undertaken. We have recently seen a significant increase in our enquiry levels, particularly from London businesses. We are currently in advanced stages of discussion with a number of clients for some very lucrative contracts. We firmly believe that this is largely as a consequence of the work undertaken with Richard. If successful, the addition of these clients would substantially increase the turnover of Designbp.
We have thoroughly enjoyed working with Richard. He is passionate about achieving results and goes about his work in a professional, enthusiastic and friendly manner. Richard’s style has been to work with us in finding the most appropriate strategies that work for us. We see him very much as a business partner, who genuinely wants to see real results generated from the work we are undertaking together.”
Jeremy Pitt/ Mark Greenway
“We are now beginning to see some real results from the work undertaken. We have recently had an offer accepted for a new extra care facility, which will add significantly to Ingleby’s bottom line. We are more focused as a management team and are now positioned well to grow further in the years to come, which was the desired outcome from the project.
It has been a pleasure to work with Richard. We found him extremely easy going and our staff found him a joy to work with. He has the unique ability to make a complex process very easy to work through. As a result we have found all his initiatives very easy to implement.”
Director-Ingleby Care Limited
“Richard is extremely knowledgeable in his areas of expertise, especially in strategic planning and business development. With a complete all-round understanding of business operations, Richard provides the highest level of service. No matter how difficult the task may seem, Richard always approaches every project with the same level of enthusiasm and professionalism. I always have a great time working with Richard, as he's approachable, amiable and dedicated to achieving the best results. If you want to take your business to the next level (or several levels higher!), then I would urge you to work with Richard.”
Liz Strama, Managing Director, Route to Exit
“Richard has vision and self belief to achieve his objectives in his career going forward. He has excellent communication skills, knowledge and an engaging personable manner that would be an asset to any organisation seeking a Business Consultant to add value, clarity and focus to its strategy and goals. I warmly endorse Richard.”
“I worked closely with Richard when he was Head of Residential at Lend Lease and also when he was Chief Operating Officer at Crosby Lend Lease. He is a pleasure to work with; a man of genuine integrity who demonstrated real leadership in challenging situations when others might lose sight of their values. I have no hesitation in recommending Richard!” May 23, 2011
“Whilst Richard was at Crosby Lend Lease, we always enjoyed an extremely positive working relationship. He had a pragmatic and open approach to problem solving and was a strong negotiator, whilst remaining fair minded.”
“I have known Richard for over 10 years and worked closely with him throughout my period at Crosby homes. Excellent communicator, logical thinker and knows when to stand back and delegate or roll his sleeves up and get stuck in. Richard has the ability to focus and get the job done but is also great fun to work with.”
“Our business relationship now spans over a decade and I have observed Richard in many challenging situations. I am happy to say that he has always approached these challenges in a positive and conscientious manner which has seen him succeed as an employee and as an entrepreneur.”David Greenwell: Director, David Greenwell Associates
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