My Story

My name is Richard Hughes-Jones. I am an Executive Coach & Consultant who works with the next generation of businesses and leaders. My clients are entrepreneurial CEOs and C-Suite Executives in high growth businesses, and investors in the Venture Capital and Private Equity industry.

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.

I gained over a decade of blue chip corporate experience at Deloitte Consulting and at Her Majesty’s Treasury. I have since spent a further six years working with Founders, CEOs and other C-Suite Executives in startup and high growth businesses, and investors in the venture capital and private equity industry.

I am fascinated by the way in which business models, organisational design and culture are changing. From corporates to startups, my contrasting experiences gives me a unique perspective on what leaders in all types of organisations must do to thrive in a world of rapid and unpredictable change.

My approach is different from many traditional executive coaching and leadership development companies. I’m not just observing the fundamental shifts that are occurring from the sidelines. I’m working working hand in hand with the individuals and teams that are driving them. I interact with entrepreneurs and investors every day, so I understand how they think and am obsessed with what makes tick. I endeavor to bring a genuinely fresh and highly progressive approach to the discipline of executive coaching and leadership development.

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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