Phil Surman, Sales Director, Pulse Power & Measurement, Swindon:

“I asked Richard to be enter into a professional mentoring relationship (listen to Manager Tools podcast on Mentors) after working with him indirectly on a start-up. I had recently been promoted to the board and was wondering about what strategy actually was, and what you could do. The business we were running was complex, with a very broad span of markets and customers. Richard helped me identify what the chain of activities were that eventually delivered the business’s results, and what our true strengths were. This allowed specific, manageable projects to be invested in and measured. The business has doubled in size since then through organic growth and firmly has its destiny in its own hands.”

Graham Hill, Managing Director, Angstrom Engineering Ltd, Alcester:

“Richard mentored our group during the Goldman Sachs growth program, and I found his input so useful we contracted him to help understand the detailed nature of the business, and the impact of the sector we operate in on our growth prospects and potential profitability. He was provided foundations that we continue to refer to. “

John O’Brien, Founder and MD, LCMB Building Performance Ltd, Banbury:

“I met Richard when he mentored me on the Goldman Sachs growth program. His clear insights and clarity of thinking really helped me address the tough issues holding back my businesses performance and growth. His input proved so useful I asked Richard to work in a non-executive director capacity when I finished the programme to continue to coach me and my team. I highly recommend working with Richard if you’re looking to improve or grow your business”

Barry Cooper, Founder & MD, Cooper Solutions Ltd, Warwick:

“I’ve got to know Richard very well over the last 5 years or so and have benefitted greatly from both his coaching and mentoring skills. Our company has grown consistently and profitably over the 18 years we have been in business through our culture of continual improvement. We know we don’t have all the best ideas or knowledge, but it isn’t easy to find professionals who can add tangible value to our efforts and insight. Richard succeeded by being an excellent listener and then used the knowledge gleaned to propose alternative ways and means to grow our business faster and stronger. I always found time with him well spent and I am impatient and demanding by nature.”

Diana Holloway, Managing Director, Holloways, Worcester:

Richard greatly helped me with my thinking to expand the business into new fields. Our Business (furniture retailing ) was not an area of his expertise but his intelligent logical thinking was a brilliant sounding board for our new ideas.  He is still supporting , but more as a friend now , and I am delighted to say the new areas are successful and forging ahead.

Kavita Parmar, Chief Commercial Officer, Word 360, Birmingham:

“We bought a 20 year old business and external factors meant our business was undergoing rapid changes that were out of our control.  Richard helped us through a very critical time when we needed strategic guidance to evaluate and mitigate risks and to set a path for future growth. Richard is an excellent listener and has the ability to break down even the most complex scenarios to create, rational, achievable solution based outcomes.  I would highly recommend Richard as a coach and mentor.”