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IDG appoints Richard Westley OBE MC as Strategic Accounts Director

IDG appoints Richard Westley OBE MC as Strategic Accounts Director


IDG are delighted to announce that Richard Westley will be joining the company on 18th June 2018. A decorated former Colonel in the British Army, since retiring Richard has worked extensively in business and elite sport, is a keynote speaker and has been a friend and associate of IDG for nearly 18 years.

Educated at King’s School, Worcester he joined the Army in 1983 and was a graduate of The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Richard served with the Royal Welch Fusiliers on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. He was responsible for all operational training for Northern Ireland, was Chief Instructor at Sandhurst and taught at the Advanced Command and Staff Course, before assuming command of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in London and Helmand Province, Afghanistan. On promotion to Colonel, he commanded the Operational Training Advisory Group, responsible for training all Army and Royal Marines brigades and units for operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans.

He was awarded the Military Cross for his command tour in Bosnia in 1995, and the OBE for the command of his Battle Group in Afghanistan in 2007.

Richard retired from the Army in 2010 and has worked for Thales as Director of Managed Services (UK) and New Century, as Director of Programme Development. He has also worked on the UK Sport Leading Edge programme since 2007, with the GB Sailing Team and with UK Athletics and Great Britain Womens’ Hockey (2007-2009) as a coach and performance development mentor as well as assisting on numerous IDG programmes since 2001.

Richard brings a wealth of leadership and development experience and is already well known by the IDG team as well as many of IDG’s clients. Richard will be taking on the role of Strategic Accounts Director, with a global remit for managing key clients and the development of leadership and cultural change programmes internationally.

Craig Preston, Managing Director of IDG, commented: “A feature of IDG’s growth over the past few years is our increasing global footprint. Richard ‘s appointment is a bold statement in terms of accelerating this still further. Richard’s strong values and career experience are a perfect fit for IDG. We are thrilled to have him join the team.”

Richard commented: “I am delighted to be joining the Inspirational Development Group team after many years of working alongside and for them, and I look forward to exciting prospects in the global arena as we all move forward together.

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