Investor Relations - Directors
Andrew entered the business publishing arena as Managing Director of Croner Publications which he built up and sold to Wolters Kluwer. He was subsequently appointed CEO of Wolters Kluwer (UK) plc and expanded this to UK sales of £80 million in the 1980s.
He acquired Eclipse Publications via an MBI in 1990 which became a leading subscription-based journal and conference organizer, being sold to Reed Elsevier in 2000. He was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman of Axco Insurance Information Services by 3i and sold it to Wilmington plc in 2010.
In June 2008 he negotiated the purchase of Epic Group plc, the UK market leader in e-learning from Huveaux plc. Epic listed on AIM in November 2013 as part of Learning Technologies Group plc and named Andrew as its Non-Executive Chairman. He occupied a similar role at Electric Word plc, also AIM listed, until its sale in August 2017. In late 2012 he became a Non-Executive Director and investor in IT Governance Ltd (now GRC International plc after its flotation in March 2018), the leading provider of information in the cyber security space.
In 2019 he was appointed as a non-executive director of Cera Care Ltd, a leading, tech-enabled domiciliary care provider.
Today, he is the Executive Chairman and major shareholder in RWS Holdings plc, which he acquired together with 3i in 1995 and floated on AIM in late 2003.
Chief Executive Officer
Highly experienced leader with wide ranging knowledge over several key geographies and industries: with over 33 years’ experience of financial and managerial positions, Richard utilizes his experience of working within RWS and other industries to lead the company, enhance the company culture, and profitably grow the business.
Strong financial skills: joined RWS in October 2012 as CFO and Company Secretary, and played a pivotal role in RWS’s move into life sciences translations, spearheading the acquisition of CTi and LUZ. Following the acquisition of CTi, Richard was appointed deputy CEO in 2015.
Good communication skills: with experience at all levels of management, Richard clearly articulates a vision of RWS’s growth strategy.
Chief Financial Officer
Highly experienced leader: Desmond has almost 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles across a range of sectors in UK and US headquartered businesses with international operations. He had a central role in GAN’s development from internet start-up to its IPO in November 2013, and subsequently increasing the company’s market profile with both existing shareholders and the wider investment community.
Alternative Investment Market (AIM) experience: as CFO for GAN plc, Desmond was instrumental in preparing the company for its successful AIM public listing in November 2013, and subsequently expanding the company’s operations and delivery capability across the US and Europe.
Finance strategy design and delivery: at GAN plc Desmond took the financial lead in driving the US market entry strategy and played a key role in expanding the company’s operations and delivery across the US and Europe. During his time at Rodale International, Desmond took on the role of shaping and delivering the financial strategy of the international portfolio of joint ventures and licensees of this market leading health and wellness media company.
Senior Independent Director and Deputy Chairman
Strategic business growth: played a significant role in establishing BDO as a top ranking firm through his involvement in both the Management Committee and Partnership Council. In particular, David was responsible for leading the corporate finance group which strengthened the firm’s client base
Proven business acumen: Non-Executive Director of a number of privately held companies
Wide ranging knowledge of the language services market: David joined SDL as a Non-Executive Director in December 2009 and has served as Senior Independent Director and, for nine months through 2015/2016, interim Executive Chairman.
Proven business acumen: David was Managing Director and Head of European Technology Research at CSFB from 1997 until 2004. In June 2004, David joined The Sage Group plc Board as a Non-Executive Director and took up an executive role as Director of Strategy and Corporate Development from October 2007 to February 2012. He is currently Chairman of Forensic and Compliance Systems and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the charity Changing Faces. David is also on the boards of FCS (UK) Limited, Solar Archive Ltd, Albora Technologies Ltd and a trustee of Changing Faces and Dixons Academies Charitable Trust Ltd.
Experienced leader in HR and recruitment: Frances was a Managing Director at Accenture and held a number of senior HR Director positions both locally, UK and Ireland, and globally. She served on Accenture UK and Ireland Executive Board, Products Operating Group Executive Board and Financial Services Operating Group Executive Board as HR Director. She was Global Recruitment Director for all Executive and Partner Recruitment across 20 countries.
Strong HR skills: Frances has deep understanding across all areas of talent including leadership development, compensation, succession planning, performance management, employee experience, diversity, organization design, recruitment and learning. She played a key role in advising, designing and implementing key HR change programs for a number of Accenture businesses across multiple countries.
Strategic and leadership capability: Frances led initiatives identifying and hiring external senior talent for various Accenture Executive Boards to drive growth for the business. In particular, she spearheaded and delivered programs focused on senior diversity appointments. Frances played a key role in the integration of senior executives and people as part of various acquisitions for Accenture. She also acted as the HR Director for a new operating model implementation in countries where formal employee consultation was required.
Experienced leader: Gordon currently serves as the CFO of Unit4, a global provider of people-centric enterprise cloud applications for ERP and HCM to midmarket service sector organizations. He has led Finance, Corporate Services and Operational functions as an executive director for over 20 years.
Proven business acumen: Gordon’s early career in professional services and strategy consulting created a strong base and understanding of business economics and finance. In his executive roles he has led all aspects of corporate activity ranging from commercial negotiations, dispute resolution, restructuring and transformation management, mergers and acquisitions, integration of acquired businesses and capital markets activities.
International experience: Over his career Gordon has had extensive international exposure to European, North American, LATAM and APAC business environments. Through leading global functions, he has an acute awareness of different business cultures, operating norms and customs.
M&A leadership: Gordon has extensive international acquisition and integration experience across European, Asian and LATAM markets.
Corporate Governance: Previous roles include CFO of TMF Group and CFO at Alexander Mann Solutions. He has held senior positions with several UK listed businesses including Group Finance Director of Xansa plc and Group Finance Director of London Bridge Software Holdings plc. He has also held non-executive roles at Sepura plc, Intec Telecom Systems plc and most recently, prior to its acquisition by RWS, SDL plc. In each instance he served as Chair of the Audit committee. Gordon currently serves as the CFO of Unit4.
Proven leader in commercial development: Lara joined The Economist Group as Chief Executive in September 2019 where she is focused on driving continued growth in both the core Economist business, as well as the business to business offerings of the Economist Intelligence Unit. Prior to that, Lara was CEO of Informa Plc's Intelligence division with full P&L responsibility for a £200m portfolio of business intelligence and data assets.
International expertise: Lara currently manages over 1000 colleagues based in Europe, the USA and APAC. During her time at Ascential Plc she led international expansion into MENA, China, India and Brazil.
M&A leadership: Lara has experience of large scale acquisition and integration (Penton and UBM acquisitions at Informa). Prior to Informa, Lara held strategy, M&A and commercial development roles for CPA Global (IP services), Pearson (the FT), MasterCard (Mondex electronic cash) and Lloyd’s of London (Equitas project).