About

Partners

At LAUDIS we have extensive board level experience in a range of disciplines and sectors, and have worked in public companies, VC backed, and owner managed businesses. Our common interest is in building businesses to maximise medium term profitability and business value. To achieve this we use the experience we have gained over many years in growth businesses.

NICK RICHARDS CIPP/E

Partner

Nick has been in business for over 30 years at board level, as Commercial Director, Managing Director, Non-Executive Director and Chairman.

Nick comes armed with a wealth of experience in business planning, growth, fund-raising, structure/restructure, mergers & integration, acquisitions and company sales, international business, sales and marketing including brand creation and development. Nick has successfully founded, grown and sold companies and understands the issues facing fast-growing businesses. He also helps companies with personal development of senior managers, helping them to prepare and thrive in their roles. Nick also has significant experience in the hospitality, distribution, retail and wholesale sectors. Nick is also an accredited GDPR practitioner and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E) and offers data protection and DPO services to clients.

 

Nick grew up in Cornwall and now lives in the Wiltshire countryside with his wife Jane and youngest son Jake, along with their dog Rudi, Cat Chewie plus 6 chickens and 3 horses!  Follow @LAUDISBusiness

JOHN PANCZAK

Partner

John has over 25 years of business experience as Finance Director, Commercial Director and Chairman.

John is a Chartered Accountant and has experience of building businesses, JV’s, M&A, generating high quality revenue streams, negotiating contracts, raising finance, and a float on AIM. John has significant experience in technology including software services, technology licensing and the biotechnology sectors. Follow @LAUDISBusiness

Associates

We are delighted to be able to offer the services of a number of high profile experienced directors and senior managers with a wide range of experience.

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Alongside Jaccountany I look after finance at Allay, a national leader within its industry. In my new role I expanded the Finance team and offered new recruits the chance to work and study the AAT qualification as part of the package whilst supporting existing staff members currently studying.

Ian Tracey

Associate

“I help companies to understand the mix of funding and connections that they need and help them tell their story with clarity to prospective customers, grant providers and investors. I use my network as a rich source of useful connections to fix the gaps that these companies have.”

Previously, Ian was the Head of Access to Funding & Finance at the Knowledge Transfer Network.  In this role he helped companies to identify the most suitable form of funding; grants, investment, lending etc. to allow them to grow.  

Before this, he was Head of Entrepreneurship at the Science and Technology Facilities Council where he focused on helping start up and early stage companies take their ideas from conception to implementation.

He joined STFC from his own self funded public computing IT firm delivering public use computing to the NHS, local government, prisons and sport facilities.

Ian started his career as a bench scientist for BT Labs at Martlesham Heath, where he worked on "Home of the Future" and "Virtual reality for team working"  before moving to their broadband product division where he was a New Products Evangelist; the first public broadband line was at Ian's home and he was tasked to answer the question: Why would we want to be on the internet 24 x 7 and what will we do after we have read our emails ?

Scott Stonham

Associate

Scott has more than two decades experience creating and bringing new technology innovations to market. He has spent most of his career working in the global Technology and Telecoms sector for bluechip, household names as well as innovative technology startups across the USA, UK and Europe.

 

As a natural innovator and connector, Scott enjoys sharing his experience, ideas and network to help bring people and technologies together to create amazing things.

 

Scott runs a consultancy business and technology website www.wellthatsinteresting.tech, in addition to being an industry innovation judge for the Global Mobile Awards, a keynote speaker, board advisor to start-ups and non-executive director for the UK’s Further Education membership organisation, the Association of Colleges.

David Guile

Associate

David has over 25 years experience within the hospitality sector having held the position of CEO Macdonald Hotels & Resorts for 7 years. He has significant experience in leading Executive teams to maximise operational & individual performance.

David has now taken on an Executive Chairman role and has also qualified as an Executive Business coach, supporting Executives & emerging leaders to reflect on their personal development in order to realise the potential of their business. He has also written an excellent book called “Potential – Find it – Own it – Work it, which became an Amazon best seller – see more details here

Steve Bird

Associate

Steve’s 30 years of experience is dominated by creating and growing products and businesses, in start-up, large corporate and turnaround situations.

He has a unique combination of large business acumen and process coupled with start-up expertise and drive; having founded and successfully sold three of his own technology businesses, in the IT, Telecoms and Software space

Duncan Crocker

Associate

Duncan is an intuitive businessman who has led his own P&L in a highly regulated environment. He will proactively challenge and bring communication excellence, develop strategic, clarity and objectively engage with any leadership team.  

 

Duncan spent his recent executive career in a FTSE business but working directly with numerous ambitious SME (turnover £250k to >£10m) partner firms in the UK Financial Services sector. Following a deliberate lifestyle decision Duncan is now a Non-Executive with London & Country Mortgages who are the UK's top fee free mortgage broker, with strong ethics and customer centricity. Duncan enjoys the advisory nature of the role and is keen to help one or two other companies.

 

Duncan’s executive career was spent in a FTSE top 40 business, reporting at CEO/Board level for 20 years. During this time he developed extensive strategic, leadership, commercial and governance experience. But he never lost his ‘people touch’ and always topped the company wide survey for staff engagement. He is a strong communicator who understands how to drive growth but also that "the business is the people" and that the customer is, and should be, the ultimate judge of any proposition.   

 

Duncan is a family man, living in Sussex and now enjoying a different balance to his work/life see-saw! "

Galvin Mould

Associate

Galvin is a senior Non-executive Director, Interim Manager and Consultant with over 35 years’ experience in international sales, marketing, product development, manufacturing and general management in global medtech companies. Galvin specialises in IP and innovative technology commercialisation, mainly working with venture capital backed entrepreneurs/medical device companies to accelerate new product marketing and international growth.

 

Galvin also advises venture capital firms on medtech investments, and is a member of the British Institute of Surgical Technologists and the Chartered Institute of Marketing

We also work with a team of selected specialist partners who can offer additional services, such as Human Resources, IT and website Consultancy, Corporate Finance, Recruitment, Cyber Security, Secretarial services and more.

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