Rick Sturge is CFO of Grafton LSR Limited, the holding company responsible for the Bloodhound Land Speed Record project. Grafton LSR Limited was set up at the end of 2018 and acquired the assets of the Bloodhound project and is now intent on attempting a new land speed record in South Africa in the next 18 months.
He is a Chartered Accountant with 30 years’ international business experience working in senior finance, commercial and business development roles.
He is also the Regional Advisory Board Chairman for Business in the Community for the south west; an independent corporate transformation consultant working with a range of different clients; a Visiting Professor at the University of West of England, Bristol; and an advisory Board member of the Bristol Business School.
In his career he was a divisional FD for the AMP in the UK and then became European CFO for a national consulting engineering company. He went on to specialise in outsourcing initially as a Commercial Director at Serco Aviation, a company responsible for running airports and specialist consulting projects across the world. He was then a senior Executive in PwC, Accenture, WNS and IBM and Firstsource. He is a specialist in business transformation and has advised a number of multinational organisations on major corporate change programmes including customer service and customer experience, digital transformation, setting up/running shared services and outsourced nearshore/offshore operations. He also has extensive experience in international trade and international relations.
He has a strong track record in training and talent development having worked also for both for the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA) and the London School of Business & Finance. He has advised many Governments / businesses around the world on technical educational / training programmes and managed development projects for organisations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, EBRD and the European Union. He has also travelled as a trade ambassador for the UK with various UK Government and City of London trade missions.
He is a past President of ICAEW in the west of England; a member of the Financial Services Faculty of the ICAEW; a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce); a mentor on the ICAEW F-Ten future CFO programme. .
For fun away from the office, sports feature prominently including golf, tennis and skiing alongside ballroom dancing and singing in a sea shanty group which has performed at international festivals. .