Richard Gibson - Tech CFO / Chairman
Richard Gibson is an investor and board adviser to growth companies. He has worked with many successful entrepreneurial management teams either as a private equity investor, an executive director, or more recently as an angel investor and board adviser.
Each group of entrepreneurs and each business is unique, yet experience many similar growth challenges. Richard brings the perspectives and experiences of both an institutional investor and an executive director in a high growth company to deliver pragmatic solutions that face entrepreneurs.
Richard specializes in advising companies on their business strategy, raising investment from VCs and angel investors, creating impactful board structures, developing strong investor relations, and building leadership teams to support entrepreneurs in delivering their vision (particularly senior finance leads).
From 2011 Richard has played a key role in the growth of Swiftkey, as CFO, and more recently as Executive Chairman. Richard's contribution to the growth of SwiftKey was recognised when he won the award as the Private Company FD at the FD Excellence Awards in association with the IACEW and CBI in 2014. He led the investment rounds for SwiftKey, raising tens of millions of dollars from leading VCs Accel Partners (San Francisco), Index Ventures and Octopus Investments.
Richard has also recently worked with the founder team at Uniplaces. Uniplaces is creating a global marketplace for student accommodation and recently closed it’s $24m Series A, led by Atomico. Richard is the current Chairman of Uniplaces and is working with the three founders and the investors to build a market defining business servicing the needs of students.