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Richard J.M. Jephcott

Outside Insight


If you are looking for a non-executive chairman or director, a hands-on strategic consultant, or an in-house investment banker who will make change happen, then look no further. Richard brings a positive, fresh and independent approach, helps determine the strategic goals, and sets out to achieve real change that enhances shareholder value.

Richard is an experienced and professional company director and senior executive with a reputation for solving complex problems and getting things done. He is skilled in mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring having spent 6 years negotiating 64 transactions, both dispositions and acquisitions, ranging from $10k to $10bn, as the International Mergers & Acquisitions Director for AT&T.

His corporate experience was further enhanced as the non-executive chairman of Focus Solutions Group plc. an e-commerce enabling software company that floated on AIM and grew rapidly. In addition to his Goldman Sachs / Aston University mentoring, he is Chairman of Infinity Contact Centre Software Ltd. and works closely with Youll Consulting.

Trading as Outside Insight, successes include advising on the sale of Total Networking Solutions Ltd. to BT, advising Pilgrims Ltd., an English as a foreign language training establishment, in their sale to OISE Ltd. and providing hands-on assistance to The Forward Group plc. in restructuring their various IT interests. In addition, he has assisted CIBSE, an established engineering institution, to double its turnover in 3 years, and sold a bakery and an orchestra!

His skill base is a unique blend of finance and marketing, combining strategy, business development, strategic and marketing planning, mergers, acquisitions and general management. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants and has a first degree in mathematics and computer science from Bristol University. In January 2001, AT&T awarded him a special commendation for his mentoring skills.  

Enjoys travel with Caroline, his wife, especially mountains, plays bridge for Worcestershire, enjoys walking, skiing and cycling. Father of two daughters and a son, and grandfather to Seb, Hugo, Rohan, Harris and Rose. Attempts to relax in the garden but is more likely to be thinking about the next problem he is trying to solve.

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