I am a businessman with over forty years' experience that spans the chemical & IT industries, and the world of visual & performing arts. I have held senior executive roles in a major global multinational, and non-executive chairmanships of smaller ventures & not-for-profits. I have lived & managed businesses internationally.

As 'Dr Richard Sykes' I work as a board-level strategic analyst, assurer & advisor in the management, exploitation & sourcing of information & communications technology (ICT). My particular focus is the transformation of business models and enterprise, public sector and vendor operations through the agency of 'the Cloud'. I am a partner in the Executive Advisory Programme of the independent research house Bloor.

I advise users, vendors & intermediaries: I am vendor neutral. Most recently I have acted as the Independent Assurer to the Board of UCAS [the UK Universities application shared services venture] as it successfully managed its transformational journey 'into the Cloud'.

I write a monthly blog in CIO Magazine, contributing to IDG's initiatives for its community of leading UK CIO's. I am a regular judge for the UK Cloud Awards, the pan-European EuroCloud Awards, and the Nimbus Ninety IGNITE Awards.

A former Board member of Intellect (the UK business association of the IT, Telecoms and Electronics industries - now TechUK) I now chair the Cloud Industry Forum, and am the UK Vice-President of EuroCloud Europe. In software testing I chair the TMMi Foundation. I serve on the board of FAST (Federation Against Software Theft). I chair the Trustees of the artist-run cooperative Cubitt Artists and I am a Trustee of the Dartington International Summer School Foundation.

"Technical progress should never be the goal, only the means." - Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

This website is professionally crafted and maintained by Solcom limited, with my appreciation & thanks. Nonetheless, I am fully responsible for its content. - Richard Sykes, March 2015.