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Richard Needham

Dyson's deputy chairman, former Minister of Trade and keynote speaker, Sir Richard Needham presentations set out the measures necessary for any organisation to secure its future. Delivered with trademark gusto and a sharp wit, his message is clear: keep innovating, look after suppliers, maintain margins, stress test your strategy, and work out what customers are thinking – not what you want them to think.

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Richard Needham Biography

Sir Richard Needham – change and turnaround; risk and innovation expert – is one of the top international keynote speakers, who imparts his knowledge to businesses at every level.

Sir Richard has a long and impressive track record of standing up for industry, especially manufacturing, when political issues have felt threatening.

His first foray into business was when, at the age of 23, he built up a packaging design company, which diversified into laminating, litho printing and silk screen printing.

He then followed his natural calling and stepped into politics, as Minister responsible for redesigning and rebuilding Northern Ireland’s ravaged towns. The challenge was enormous – charged with regenerating an economic base and an entire country’s infrastructure, Sir Richard took serious risks when he envisaged the bomb-damaged city centre of Belfast as...

Sir Richard Needham – change and turnaround; risk and innovation expert – is one of the top international keynote speakers, who imparts his knowledge to businesses at every level.

Sir Richard has a long and impressive track record of standing up for industry, especially manufacturing, when political issues have felt threatening.

His first foray into business was when, at the age of 23, he built up a packaging design company, which diversified into laminating, litho printing and silk screen printing.

He then followed his natural calling and stepped into politics, as Minister responsible for redesigning and rebuilding Northern Ireland’s ravaged towns. The challenge was enormous – charged with regenerating an economic base and an entire country’s infrastructure, Sir Richard took serious risks when he envisaged the bomb-damaged city centre of Belfast as a modern area, built of glass and steel. The City Centre is now as Richard designed it, and is often lauded as one of the UK’s most attractive and innovative showpiece towns with a striking and unique waterfront redevelopment.

By 1992 he was Minister of Trade and became deputy to Michael Heseltine, charged with overhauling Britain’s export strategy, which he did, triumphantly. In recognition of his success in Belfast and at the DTI, he was made a Privy Counsellor in 1994 and was knighted in 1997.

Still passionate about business, even when Richard left politics, he involved himself in the industry. Chairman of Avon Rubber Plc, Biocompatibles PLC and the London Heart Hospital, he also took on the top job at NEC (Europe) Ltd, Japanese electronic giant.

Also on his record are a four-year stint as Sir James Dyson’s right hand, and he is now the independent Director for international and commercial affairs at the firm.

For further information or to book Sir Richard Needham, call us on +44 (0)20 7607 7070 or email info@speakerscorner.co.uk

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