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Richard Keenlyside

North East, Business Consultant, Expert, Transformation, Middlesbrough, York, Management Consultant, Near Me, Yarm, Expert, Fractional, Advisory Role, Non-Exec Director NED, Programme Manager, Due Diligence, Interim, Freelance, J Sainsburys IT Director/CIO, Endava TAC/CIO, Yarm Business Consultancy, Highly Experienced Facilitator, Business Solutions, Process Optimisation, Cost Cutting, Cost Savings, Target Operating Model, a digital innovator, 80+ start-up businesses in the past 8 years, Azure, AWS, Agile, AI & ML, IT Strategy Development, Business Strategy Development, BSS/OSS


Global CIO | Programme & Strategy | Private Equity / Carve-Out | Advisory | Business & IT Consultant | Transformation & Technology Leadership

Executive Summary

I am an accomplished and results-oriented Commercial, Technology and Business Transformation Director with over 34 years in the professional services, retail, engineering, oil & gas, manufacturing, logistics, facilities management, transport, and financial services sectors. I have a successful track record of driving business growth through strong leadership and strategic decision-making. Experienced in delivering critical initiatives that span business & IT, operations, strategy, and planning. Throughout my extensive career, I have held numerous senior management and director positions including IT Director for J Sainsbury's PLC, and currently Global CIO for LoneStar Group. I am a tech and business startup advisor & NED to various boards.

Personal career highlights include

  • Led Global teams of 600+ personnel across multiple time zones.

  • Work with/for consulting firms such as Deloitte, KPMG, Endava, and Accenture.

  • Global CIO for the LoneStar Group.

  • Total change portfolio's £5.1m to £20.1m

  • Proven experience as an IT Director, CIO, and in similar leadership roles.

  •  Extensive experience in fifteen global Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and carve-out across multiple sectors.

  • Background in Private Equity-backed businesses, ideally with exposure to the entire business lifecycle, including exit.

  • Experience in running large and small businesses through to trade sale exits.

  • Business/Tech Start-Up advisory.

  • Managed budgets of over £120M.

  • Driven several transformation programmes across all business domains for major Global companies, including change management, business process improvements, budgeting and planning.

  • Extensive digital strategy and transformation experience.

  • Providing CTO/CIO Advisory.

  • Developed 'Same Day Delivery' Strategy for Argos.

  • Author of several eBooks on Transformation and Cyber Security.

  • Developed maturity models for IT and Data capabilities, introducing best practices, governance, and efficiency measures.

  • I am experienced in delivering RPA and AI automated solutions to support business transformation further.

  • Extensive procurement experience across multi-sourcing, outsourcing and offshoring. Negotiated over £20M in vendor savings while maintaining IT service levels and performance.

  • Experienced Project and Programme Management, Programme Due-Diligence & Recovery.

  • Solid understanding of process management, optimisation, data analytics and implementation.

  • Strong internal and external stakeholder management and ability to lead and work within high-performance teams.

  • I have extensive experience in business integration and IT enablement, for example, with clients such as Mothercare and Game Station acquisitions.

  • Regularly delivered industry papers and insight on transformation, strategy, technology, artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

  • Experience in Preparing Businesses for Sale, with a solid understanding of process management, optimisation, data analytics and implementation.

  • The development and implementation of Target Operating.

  • Lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive technology and data strategy, ensuring alignment with business goals.

  • Understanding of Data-Driven Businesses, managing data governance and data management.

  • Excellent leadership, communication, and stakeholder management skills.

  • Strategic mindset with the ability to align technology initiatives with business goals.

  • Worked with 80+ start-up businesses in the past 8 years.

Outcomes Delivered

  • 35% reduction in BI reporting.

  • Headcount reduction by 12% driven by efficiencies.

  • Reduction of technical debt £0.7m - £2.5m driven by off-premise and consolidation platforms and systems.

  • Reduction in operating debt c. £40m driven by BPO.

  • Reduction in process waste by %11.

  • Compliance & efficiency savings ~75,000 hours.

  • Negotiated over £20m in vendor savings.

  • Business Process Outsouring (BPO) delivering £2m saving (Year 1)

  • Received in 2001, "North East Teesside Business Technology Award" for the e-2-e removal of paper across warehouse and supplychain using voice recognition in the warehouse's and RF devices in store, Bells was the first UK retailer to achieve this. Saving £0.3m in costs.

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I am an experienced professional with expertise in the fields of Ecommerce, Transformation and Cybersecurity and currently work as a freelance consultant

I also write frequently in my LinkedIn blog, where I share my insights and experiences in the world of AI, Ecommerce and transformation. I have published several books on the topic, which can be found below to download.

I am passionate about helping people and businesses to succeed in the increasingly digital world. 

Digital Transformation ebook

Digital Transformation

Shopping in the digital age ebook

Shopping in the digital age

Cybersecurity for the boardroom ebook

Cybersecurity for the boardroom

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