With 8 years experience in professional software development prior to forming New Mind, Richard worked on business critical applications for clients such as GPT, Orange and The Economist.
The extensive knowledge gained during this time enabled Richard to take New Mind from a 2 man startup in 1998 to become one of the fastest growing technology companies in the UK as recognised by the Deloitte Touche Fast 50 and Inner City 100 awards received in 2004. Over a 5 year period the company grew by over 1000% and now employs 35+ staff covering a multitude of skillsets and professional disciplines.
One of the differentiating factors behind New Mind's success has been its significant investment in software development for strategic target markets, tourism being the most predominant. New Mind's Destination Management System was very much Richard's baby and, since the initial prototype was developed back in 2001, the company has embarked on an impressive land-grab of destinations which now includes a majority market-share of the UK tourist boards.
As well as driving the DMS business forward, Richard has still played a key role in its technical architecture and has personally recruited a technical team capable of delivering his vision for the product. The DMS is a global play technology and New Mind is now engaging with organisations in other countries who wish to utilise it for the promotion of their destinations.