Before joining Elephants Child, Richard practised as a Solicitor for over 20 years. For 13 of those years he experienced life as an SME owner as the managing partner of a high street practice. During this time he learnt about the benefits and pitfalls of high growth mergers and acquisitions. Richard then became a Director in a large national legal practice, which gave him further knowledge and experience in the management of a larger corporation.
Richard’s role in Elephants child is to manage the advisory team in the Midlands and North of England. However, he still enjoys his work in an advisory capacity with his own SME clients in numerous sectors, ranging from professional services to manufacturing and retail.
His style is based on his strong analytical skills coupled with excellent problem solving and communication skills. He combines academic rigour with real hands on experience for the SME journey.
Richard is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees for a Multi Academy Trust based in the West Midlands.
In his time away from work, Richard likes to tackle cycling challenges in aid of charity, that is when he finds the time away from acting as an unpaid chauffer for his children.