Richard Putley

Co-Founder and CEO

Richard studied Accountancy and Finance at Kingston University and initially worked in a Chartered Accountancy practice before moving into financial recruitment.  He has over 30 years of professional recruitment experience, operating and managing businesses recruiting at the most senior level across Commerce and Industry, Sales and Marketing, IT, HR, and Finance.  Richard has previously held Managing Director and Director roles within UK-based international recruitment companies.

Having covered the African market since 2007, he brings specialist experience in the Fintech, Agriculture, Infrastructure, Telecoms, FMCG, Renewable Energy, Business & Professional Services and Oil & Gas sectors.  In the last 15 years, he has been personally involved in a significant number of Executive level searches across the Continent completing numerous Searches for CEO’s and other CXO roles, for example, a CEO for a leading Telecoms provider, Group CFO for a FTSE250 FMCG company in Nigeria, Group CFO for a Mining Services company in Ghana, and COO for a FinTech business in Kenya. He also specialises in the identification of senior leaders required by Private Equity, African-focused funds and Venture Capital investors for their portfolio companies, identifying individuals in both operational and Chair/NED/Advisory positions.  In addition, in 2020, he was responsible for the securing of both the CEO and COO for the AVCA.