My name is Richard Hughes-Jones. I am a Consultant & Coach who works with entrepreneurial businesses pursuing ambitious growth.
I work in a consulting capacity with leadership teams to help them identify their critical challenges and determine how to navigate them. Thriving on frenetic change, I draw upon 15 years consulting and operational experience to bring an external and objective perspective to the incredibly hard task of business building.
Working one-on-one, I blend my consulting experience with a coach-approach to support leaders who are going through a transitional stage in their career. I provide a safe space for clients to discuss their personal leadership and business challenges, reflect upon them and determine their own way forward. Acting principally as a sounding board, I bring the benefit of my experience where it is appropriate to do so.
I am also an Associate Lecturer at the London College of Fashion where I lecture MBA and MA students on Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Consulting Skills. I am a retained Consultant to the Centre for Fashion Enterprise.
I spent most of my career in the Deloitte consulting team and at HM Treasury, as Head of Delivery & Operations for a £1.5 billion government programme. As an expert-generalist, who has worked with hundreds of different businesses across sectors and lifecycle, I have a skillset that covers strategy and operations, business development and sales, investment appraisal, project and programme management, governance (including Board effectiveness), organisational design and culture, branding and marketing.
I seek to cultivate trust based-relationships with all my clients. As a trusted advisor, I understand that you don’t get the chance to employ advisory skills properly until you get someone to trust you enough to share their real challenges with you. Experience so far has taught me that by building genuine relationships with my clients, we can go on a long and successful journey together.
A little more about me
After following the corporate path, my life changed enormously when I embraced my dream of leaving it all behind to go and live in my trusty Volkswagen campervan in the French Alps for 5 months in the winter of 2011. Climbing mountains and skiing adventurous lines in wild places is my passion. You can find out more about my adventures on my personal blog onefootinlagrave.
Returning to the corporate word, I knew that there was another way to live and that my skills could be more useful elsewhere. In September 2013 I left Deloitte to set up my own business working with entrepreneurs.
Just 18 months into my entrepreneurial journey, I found myself facing an altogether different challenge. Diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer my entreprepreneurial plans had to go on hold. Now in remission and doing well, I bring that experience to the table when I work with clients, particularly from the perspective of dealing with uncertainty and building resilience.