The key strategic issue

today is people

Richard Shearing, DNLA UK Partner


The strength of Richard’s background is in its breadth and depth. The career path started in the military, followed by various management consultancy roles in the National Health Service, central and local government, and large and small companies across a wide range of industry sectors.

More recently been involved in the identification and screening of investment opportunities for private investors based in the City. It has become noticeable that investors now take as much, if not more, interest in the team behind a proposition than in the proposition itself. The implication being that the personal qualities of the people ultimately define success.

Throughout this journey, it has become overwhelmingly apparent that substantial investment in business processes, information technology, marketing and fashionable management techniques do not always achieve their predicted outcomes. Why? Because without the best and motivated people these other facets of business activity cannot deliver. In other words, ‘soft skills’ should override the ‘hard skills’, so often the only basis for selection.

During this period, Richard used DNLA to make senior appointments and both he and his clients appreciated the value of DNLA assessments. When offered the UK Partnership this previous knowledge combined with experience made for an easy decision to accept.

This breadth and depth is supported by academic and professional qualifications as follows:

  • Master of Arts degree in Business & Public Sector Strategy MA 
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies DMS  
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce FRSA 
  • Fellow, Chartered Management Institute FCMI 
  • Member, Institute of Directors MIoD 
  • Affiliate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development

Active member of Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses and Richmond Group of Consultants and professional institutes to maintain and understand changes taking place in the business environment particularly employment.

Served six years as a governor of a boy’s school specialising in business and enterprise, Richard takes a particular interest in education and employment issues and charities for ex-military personnel.