Ric has considerable experience in the retail, consumer goods, leisure, media and education sectors, including as CEO. He has particular expertise in business strategy, turnaround and operational improvement.
Ric qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells. He has worked as a management consultant with Deloitte, Coopers & Lybrand, KPMG and The Brackenbury Group, working with leading retailers in grocery, variety stores, clothing, furniture and DIY, and with leading IT vendors.
He has held executive appointments with Pentos (as Managing Director of Ryman), Laura Ashley and EMP (as Managing Director). He also led the MBI/MBO of Fatty Arbuckles American Diners and served as its Executive Chairman. In 2004 he founded Accipio Learning, growing it to be the UK’s leading on-line teaching business, delivering live interactive lessons to children who have been excluded from school, or who are too unwell to attend.
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