An RAF officer, chartered accountant and corporate financier who trained and worked with BDO and KPMG, Craig was headhunted into industry early in his career and has been an entrepreneur and CEO for the last 28 years. He has led multiple teams in the development of diverse and strategically successful business models through acquisition, buy and build and turnaround, as a service provider for venture capital investors, publicly listed companies and large banking institutions, before founding Wright Industries in 2011.
As a Non-Executive Director Jo brings to the Board 30 years’ experience as a former Corporate Restructuring Partner at major professional services firms, most recently BDO LLP. She has been an independent restructuring advisor with her own business De Novo Advisory Limited since 2013, supporting corporates and public institutions in complex stakeholder management situations. As well as guiding management teams through turbulent times, Jo facilitates on often delicate discussions with leading global financial institutions in relation to risk mitigation linked to financial restructurings. She was the first female to become a Fellow of the prestigious Institute for Turnaround (IFT) in 2019.
With over 20 years of experience of accountancy, financial control and M&A processes, Richard joined the Wright Industries team in 2013 and was one of the founding team members of the Connexion Technologies group. Initially leading the finance team as Finance Director of Custom Interconnect, Richard has played a leading role in each of the subsequent acquisitions and as Managing Director of Castle Microwave has overseen the growth of the business by 100% and moved the business into offering value-add engineering services.
With a Manufacturing Engineering background and ten years specialising in Additive Manufacturing technologies, Sophie has deep experience of the high-value manufacturing industry within SMEs, start-ups and consultancies. In addition to leading the Protean Advanced consultancy, Sophie works across the Wright Industry portfolio, providing commercial and operational support to our current investments to improve performance and resolve complex operational challenges, as well as supporting the Wright Industries investment and acquisition strategy.
In charge of launching The London Evening Standards Homes & Property newspaper in 1996 which was a huge success and still runs today. Moving out of London to Northamptonshire, Cherie took on a senior role as Account Executive at The Yell Group. She subsequently joined Wright Industries as a strategic customer development expert working across the portfolio, driving traditional & e-marketing customer relationship development strategies. She evolved multi-channel sales and marketing strategies; segmenting data, understanding audiences, creating engaging newsletters, digitalising and automating contacts whilst maintaining strong strategic customer relationships.
Senior Human Resources generalist with over 15 years’ HR experience within the manufacturing sector and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources from CIPD. As the Lead HR Advisor for the portfolio, she supports the business to develop, lead and deliver people related strategy, policies, processes and vision across the group whilst ensuring legal compliance. With an excellent track record Donna advises and supports the management teams and wider businesses to resolve challenging issues related to our most important asset – our people.