Richard founded Esteem Systems in 1985 which he grew to a £30m IT infrastructure & Managed Services business. He sold Esteem to a BI/MBO team backed by Primary Capital in late 2004. Since then Richard has immersed himself in a variety of voluntary and commercial roles. He has been in the IT industry for 40 years and now has various property and commercial interests including: NED/Investor Numecent (Cloud Paging software), NED of NYnet (Broadband provider), NED Chair of Blue Logic (IT MSP) and an NED of Ampleforth Abbey Trading (the trading arm of the Ampleforth Abbey Trust).
He is the former NED Chair of Total Commerce Management (e-tail ISV) the business was sold in September 2010, He was a Non Executive Director (NED) and an investor in the Arena Group (print, copy & EDM solutions) for 5 years and the Non Executive Chairman of and investor in Liquid Accounts (on line accounting software) for 6 years. He is a former member of the CBI Council for Yorkshire & the Humber, a former Town Councillor and a former governor of two of the region’s leading independent schools.