Richard G Jones

Richard G Jones

Managing Director, Agile ICT
London

www.agileict.co.uk/

Richard G Jones is the founder and managing director of Agile ICT Ltd, a specialist supplier of ICT and related solutions to schools in the UK.

Career Overview

Jones founded Agile ICT in 2008 after a 27-year career in the financial services industry during which he worked for names such as Barclays, Cap Gemini, JP Morgan Chase, Zurich, RSA, RBS Insurance,  Allianz and Aviva. 

Upon founding his own business, Jones quickly instilled a customer-focused approach and ensured his staff possessed superior engineering skills. These elements combined with the quality service the business provides have enabled them to grow and prosper continuously.

Education

Jones is an alumnus of the University of Warwick, where he attended the institution’s Business School and attained a Master’s in Business Administration [MBA].

Jones also holds an Associateship Professional Qualification [ACIB] and Financial Studies Diploma [DipFS] both awarded by the Chartered Institute of Bankers.

Financial Services Career

Jones’ career in the finance industry began in 1981 with Barclays Bank. He occupied a number of roles over his first five years with the business before working as an Advances Analyst between 1986 and 1991. 

From 1991 to 1997, Jones served as Head of International Operations for Barclays Global Securities Services. He completed his MBA at the University of Warwick during this time. In 1997, Jones moved on to Cap Gemini where he worked as principal consultant for shortly over a year. Jones then left the comfort of a permanent job to become self-employed.

Over the next two years, Jones did freelance business transformation work for Daiwa Sumitomo before being recruited by a new US Tech startup  TenFold to lead their entry into the European market. Due to the volume of new business being won, Jones moved to the US spending his time in New York and San Francisco. Following this he returned to the UK and returned to freelance business transformation  becoming a programme director for Zurich Financial Services in 2001.

By 2005, Jones was working freelance for RSA as a strategy consultant. He joined RBS Insurance the following year, where he was appointed programme director. Having seen the unrealised potential in the business Jones initiated an attempt to buy RBS Insurance and managed to secure backing from private equity and a US Investment bank although the approach was ultimately declined.  His next role saw him move to Allianz Global Corporate & Speciality in Munich in the same post, where he remained until 2008. 

In 2008, Jones founded Agile ICT during the credit crunch. Jones continued to do freelance work as a means to generate additional funds for the expansion of Agile ICT including h working as interim managing director for Aviva plc. History repeated itself when again he saw unrealised potential with the RAC , then owned by Aviva, and secured funding again from private equity and made a bid to buy the RAC to use as a platform for a new car insurance model that he had conceived. Despite securing a technology exclusivity deal with McLaren Applied Technologies and financial backing from leading private equity investors, ultimately, he had to choose between “bread today” in the form of Agile ICT and “jam tomorrow” from his insurance initiative and Agile ICT took precedence.


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