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, the leading provider of information in the cyber security space.
Today, he is the Executive Chairman and major shareholder in RWS Holdings plc, which he acquired 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
Proven leader in commercial development: Lara joined Informa in 2014 as part of a new executive team to turnaround the Business Intelligence (BI) division and successfully returned it to growth in 18 months. Lara now has full P&L responsibility for a £200m portfolio of business intelligence assets.
International expertise: Lara currently manages over 1000 colleagues based in Europe, the USA and APAC. During her time at Ascential Plc she led the business’s international expansion into MENA, China, India and Brazil.
M&A leadership: following Informa’s $1.2bn acquisition of U.S. based Penton Media in 2016, Lara has been a key member of the leadership team integrating Penton’s assets. 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).
Wide ranging knowledge of RWS and the language services market: over 40 years’ experience at all levels of RWS, including CEO of the Group from 1995 -2011. Led the business through successful IPO on Alternative Investment Market and successfully managed the business post IPO through eight consecutive years of growth in sales and profit.
Customer focus: diligent and thorough approach to customer service and the negotiation of significant contracts with major international institutions.
Ongoing product development: as original architect of novel language solution services designed to increase market appeal and improve customer retention.
M&A leadership: led acquisition and integration of several companies within RWS.
Strategic overview: using intellectual property and language service experience gained throughout her career, Liz is now in a unique position to oversee RWS executive management’s strategic plans for the growth of the company.