Richard founded CloudOrigin in 2009 to focus on the business impact of cloud computing in public and private sectors, as an independent, pragmatic source of strategy and advisory services on multi-billion dollar deals. Currently working with blue-chip brands around the world, venture capital, private equity firms and IT suppliers of all sizes. His career in IT spans automotive, energy, government, health, insurance, media, pharmaceuticals, police, retail and telecommunications with particular focus on investment banking trading and risk solutions. One of Europe’s foremost experts on Software as a Service (SaaS) companies and end-user transition to cloud computing on radical timelines.
A well known speaker on technology forecasting and business transformation he has been a member of various standards bodies, and co-author of the first FpML specification for Foreign Exchange trading. Formerly UK Chief Technology Officer and Marketing Director for Avanade, the global Microsoft and Accenture joint venture, he worked on some of the world’s most challenging application and infrastructure solutions. An Accenture Certified QA Partner he was trained to review the largest global technology and business process outsourcing (BPO) deals.
Graduated in Computing and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sussex in 1989 where he won a BT sponsorship in Expert Systems and wrote for the computing section of The Guardian newspaper. In 2010 he was elected a Fellow of both BCS (The Chartered Institute of IT) and the Institute of Directors. Chosen as a Leading Adviser of 2012 by Acquisition International magazine, the voice of corporate finance.