Richard is known as a hands-on, technology entrepreneur with a track record of building and transforming early-stage technology companies such as Ensygnia, Swivel Secure, Mobix, SAVortex, Clearswift and Tumbleweed.
Previously at Mobix he personally led the development of an innovative and patented authenticated telephony solution for the banking and financial services industry. The solution, Authenticall, was sold to Swivel Secure after just 18 months and saw Richard being named Digital Entrepreneur of the Year for Security Innovation in 2010.
As Chief Executive and a founder of Ensygnia, Richard developed and patented a visual alternative to NFC called Onescan.
Ensygnia’s Onescan technology enables a consumer to go from looking to buying in under 10s from first contact – including new customers!
At the Mobile World Congress 2013 Ensygnia were voted as one of top 3 the innovations most likely to have the greatest impact on the mobile industry over the next ten years!
In 2013 Ensygnia secured two rounds of seed funding totalling over $3.5m. Separated by just 6 months, the second round was at over three times the valuation of the first. Backers included Wayra (Telefonica’s Accelerator), Rhoddy Swire (of Pantheon Ventures – investing personally), Irongate Capital, Sauncy Capital and Jesus College Cambridge as well as the founders and management team.
In his spare time, he enjoys Ceroc & Scuba, is an active campaigner for the rights of vulnerable adults and mental health issues working with Zacchaeus 2000 Trust and Mental Health Research UK as well as mentoring Nicholas Fearn a young man with Asperger’s who created gadgetxpert.co.uk.
Also enjoys mucking around with molten glass, composing music, painting and digital art.
Richard has a degree in Theoretical Physics from London University and is a member of the Institute of Directors