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Non Executive Directors

iStock_000000801440SmallRNF recognises the need for differing skills and personalities within the organisation to help it succeed.  One crucial component is the role played by its Non Executive Directors who bring a wealth of commercial and life experience to the table. They are formal members of the board, but do not play a role in the day to day running of the company unlike the Executive Management team. RNF Non Executive Directors provide valuable input into areas such as:

» Strategy
» Managerial Performance
» Company Risk (typically financial)
» Standard of Conduct
» Senior Appointments


Non Executive Directors include:

Richard J.M. Jephcott

richardjephcottRichard is an experienced and professional company director and senior executive with a reputation for solving complex problems and getting things done. He is skilled in mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring having spent 6 years negotiating 64 transactions, both dispositions and acquisitions, ranging from $10k to $10bn, as the International Mergers & Acquisitions Director for AT&T.

His corporate experience was further enhanced as the non-executive chairman of Focus Solutions Group plc. an e-commerce enabling software company that floated on AIM and grew rapidly.

In addition to his Goldman Sachs / Aston University mentoring, he is Chairman of Infinity Contact Centre Software Ltd., and holds non-executive director positions with the GoHDR Ltd. and Rivo Software Ltd.

Trading as Outside Insight, successes include advising on the sale of Total Networking Solutions Ltd. to BT, advising Pilgrims Ltd., an English as a foreign language training establishment, in their sale to OISE Ltd. and providing hands-on assistance to The Forward Group plc. in restructuring their various IT interests.

In addition, he has assisted CIBSE, an established engineering institution, to double its turnover in 3 years, and sold a bakery and an orchestra!

His skill base is a unique blend of finance and marketing, combining strategy, business development, strategic and marketing planning, mergers, acquisitions and general management. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Certified Accountants and has a first degree in mathematics and computer science from Bristol University. In January 2001, AT&T awarded him a special commendation for his mentoring skills.

Enjoys travel with Caroline, his wife, especially mountains, plays bridge for Worcestershire, enjoys walking, skiing and cycling. Father of two daughters and a son, and grandfather to Seb, Hugo, Rohan, Rose and Harris. Attempts to relax in the garden but is more likely to be thinking about the next problem he is trying to solve.

John Wells

johnwellsJohn has over thirty years wide-ranging business expertise at senior management and Director level in the UK and Europe.  Since 2000, as an independent consultant and Non-Executive Director John has coached, mentored and helped high-growth companies and SME’s implement strategies, access finance, develop and grow.

John’s skills include Business management & financial control, strategic planning, strategy implementation, change management, quality management, HR management, Programme and Project management, and business transformation.

As a CIMA trained accountant John began his career at British Motor Corporation before moving to International Computers Ltd, where during 24 years he gained a variety of business skills and expertise including:


Programme Director – helped set up new Key Customers Sales Channel. Directed and managed multinational team in bringing together Company’s computer networks.


HR Director- managed all HR activities and successfully introduced management development, new pension scheme and team bonus systems.


Quality Director – managed the planning, facilitation, implementation and maintenance of a TQM ITC Director – managed company’s’ networks and successfully implemented new systems.


Financial Controllerships – at one time managing a 65 strong team responsible for all financial and cost accounting at four sites.


Other responsibilities included strategic and business planning in support of Division’s strategies and control of some £180M+ of inventories, the management of a site employing 1800 and a Manufacturing Plant employing 1200.