My name is Richard Hughes-Jones. I am an Executive Coach, Consultant & Lecturer who works with high potential individuals and teams. My coaching clients are entrepreneurs and ambitious executives in high growth businesses and the investment industry. Typically in their Twenties to late Thirties, they possess the ability, aspiration and drive to rise and succeed in more senior, critical roles and build formidable businesses.
A former Deloitte management consultant and HM Treasury civil servant, I blend hard-edged strategic and operational insight and deep experience of advising clients at the highest level, with a sophisticated understanding of the challenges facing developing leaders, to help clients navigate their transformational journey.
As a Coach, I provide a private space for my clients to discuss their critical business and leadership challenges, reflect upon them and determine their own way forward. I complement my coach-approach with my consulting and operational experience where it is appropriate to do so.
As a Consultant, I work with leadership teams to bring an external, objective and practical perspective to the incredibly hard task of business building. The businesses I consult with are entrepreneurial, technology-led, pursuing high growth through disruptive business models. My focus is on management, leadership and team development, organisational design, culture, governance and Board effectiveness, growth strategy, operations, and business development and sales.
I’m an Associate Lecturer at the London College of Fashion. On the Executive MBA in Fashion, I lecture in Consulting Skills and Supervise students through their 6 month consulting project. I lecture on the MA Fashion Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the MSc Strategic Fashion Management. For the Student Enterprise Team, I coached four of the most promising graduate businesses through early stage growth. I am a retained Consultant to the University’s Centre for Fashion Enterprise, where I work with some of the most promising emerging talent in the British fashion industry, including Molly Goddard (winner of the 2018 British Fashion Council / Vogue Designer Fashion Fund), Charlie Cohen, Charles Jeffrey Loverboy and Alex Mullins.
I’m based in London from where I serve most of my clients, though I do coach clients internationally via Skype. Please email me if you would like to explore working together. I’m also on LinkedIn and Twitter.
More about me
I spent most of my career in the Deloitte consulting team, working in economic development and public sector strategy. Between 2008 and 2012 I was seconded from Deloitte to HM Treasury, as Head of Operations for a £1.5 billion government programme. I briefed Ministers and senior Treasury officials and built, and was a member of, the programme’s Senior Management Team. Returning to Deloitte in 2012, I was the Business Account Manager for a £70 million annual revenue account.
My life changed enormously in 2011 when I took a five month sabbatical and embraced my dream of leaving it all behind to go and live in my trusty Volkswagen campervan in the French Alps for the winter. You can find out more about my skiing and climbing adventures on my personal blog onefootinlagrave. I returned to the corporate word knowing that I wanted a different lifestyle and that my skills could be more useful elsewhere. In September 2013 I left Deloitte to set up my own coaching and consulting business.
Eighteen months into my entrepreneurial journey, I found myself facing an altogether different challenge. Diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer my plans had to go on hold as I journeyed for 2 years through several operations, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Now in full remission, I bring that experience to the table when I coach clients, particularly from the perspective of dealing with uncertainty and building resilience.
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