Richard Holway
Biography - July 2008

Richard Holway is considered to be one of the UK's leading ICT analysts. 

Richard started in computing in 1966 as a programmer, joined Hoskyns (now Capgemini) in 1968 and progressed to join the board in 1979 as Group Marketing Director. In 1984, Richard was appointed Managing Director of Wootton Jeffreys plc before forming Richard Holway Limited in 1986.

Richard Holway Limited became the leading authority on the financial performance of the UK software and IT services market and its constituent companies. Richard launched the annual Holway Report in 1988. In 1989 he published the first edition of the monthly newsletter SYSTEMhouse and, in 1996, the Hotnews internet news service - one of the very first technology "blogs". is the current manifestation of Hotnews and is required daily reading for thousands of tech CEOs and directors.

In November 2000 Richard Holway Limited was acquired by Ovum and the service continued as Holway@Ovum. Ovum is the largest technology research analysis and consulting company head quartered outside the US. Ovum has offices throughout the world. Richard was appointed as a director of Ovum as well as continuing as a leading analyst with Ovum. 

In March 2006. Ovum successfully IPOed on AIM at 190p. In Dec. 06, Datamonitor acquired Ovum for 42m/300p; a considerable premium. Richard stepped down from the board at that time.

In 2002, Richard was one of the founding members of the Prince's Trust Technology Leadership Group and has raised over 5m for the Trust since. Richard's annual speeches have themselves raised over 600,000 to help disadvantaged young people. Richard became the Chairman of the Group in Apr 07.

Richard has considerable experience as an NED (both of private and publicly quoted companies) and as an advisor to the boards of leading ICT companies. Currently, Richard sits on the advisory board at Elderstreet Capital a non executive director at the publicly quoted  RCM Technology Trust plc and as a non executive director on the board of Regent Partners International Ltd - the holding company of M&A specialists Regent Associates.

Richard undertakes assignments and other advisory roles via Farnham Consulting.

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