About Me

Richard is an economist and management consultant with a career that has spanned both the public and private sectors. He was an economist in government for 10 years from 1975 to 1985, and following that spent 27 years in management consulting with PwC and its predecessors (from 1985-2002) and with IBM (2002-2012) following IBM’s acquisition of PwC’s consulting business. He specialises in issues around strategy, policy, and economics, particularly where there is an interface between the public and private sectors. Since 1997, he has specialised in financial services.

He is now working as a Senior Adviser to CEPA in the financial services area (http://www.cepa.co.uk), having completed two successful projects with them over the last six months (and having known two of their directors for over fifteen years).

From May 2014 to March 2015 he was team leader for the governance and ownership workstream at the new Payment Systems Regulator (a subsidiary of the FCA - see https://www.psr.org.uk).

Richard’s background and training is as an economist, and he was a government economist for 10 years, working on competition and industrial policy and then on macro policy when he was an economic adviser at H M Treasury (from 1980 to 1985).

In consultancy, he worked in a number of areas where there was an interface between the public and private sectors, including trade disputes (at European Union level) and privatisations (working in the electricity industry for five years from 1990 to 1995). From 1997 to 2012, he worked in financial services, where he was heavily involved in setting up Post Office banking and new core banking platforms. He helped found PwC’s strategy practice and was an Associate Partner in IBM’s Global Business Services Division.- See his blog for current interests - http://gleedsaling.com