Mark Richardson – Principal, The West Country
Mark qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co in London and has more than 30 years experience as a Finance Director, covering quoted, venture capital backed and owner-managed companies. He has worked in publishing, pharmaceuticals, plant biotechnology, IT, hitech startups and most recently in public sector construction using PFI finance.
Mark has considerable practical experience in the areas of financial management and controls, business planning and forecasting, profitability analysis and performance improvement, tax and treasury, together with the management of operational cash flows and capital funding. His involvement has been with both rapidly expanding businesses, as well as those requiring a change of direction. His roles have demanded the ability to effectively communicate financial information to senior management with different backgrounds.
In 1999 Mark was Finance Director of Microcosm Communications, a fabless semiconductor company, backed by a number of blue chip venture capitalists. Mark was instrumental in the successful sale of the company for $140m to a US corporation.