From market stall trader to CEO of a £1.2 billion company

Inspiring leaders at a past MD2MD LeaderFest conference, Rikki Hunt shared how he progressed from stall trader on a market in Liverpool, to the youngest ever CEO of a british petroleum company at the age of just 36.

He was expelled from school at 15, drove south until his car ran out of petrol where he went to a shop to ask for a job – and got it!  With this confidence, belief and shrewd business sense, Rikki has succeeded in everything he set out to do.  He has created Start ups and, as an experienced managing director, successfully transformed existing companies in the Retail and Technologies sectors with turnover up to £1.2 billion.

He admits that the key areas for his success are perseverance, looking after your staff, integrity and the philosophy of “the more you give, the more you get back”.  Rikki also likes to be constantly challenged about his decisions, thoughts and ideas and very much advocates the use of business coaches.

In his spare time, Rikki has also climbed the highest mountain on four continents, visited the magnetic north pole twice and spent a month marooned on a desert island with his family for a BBC survival program called “The Real Swiss Family Robinson”. He has also had a book published by Gower entitled “Creating a Thinking Organization”.

Bob Bradley

Bob is a specialist in running high value added service businesses, having run five such businesses as General Manager, Managing Director or Chief Executive. His last employed role was as Chief Executive of a £16M, 200 person family owned business having previously been Chief Executive of an AIM listed company for which he raised £5M funding and which he grew from £4M to £12M in three years through two acquisitions and organic growth, and a corporate PLC subsidiary where he was Managing Director responsible for delivering £10M profit on £45M turnover through 450 staff.

Bob is now following a portfolio career providing entrepreneurial business leaders with mentoring and coaching around business leadership, business growth, merger integration and exit planning.

Core to his portfolio is MD2MD. Having experienced for himself the value of having a strong sounding board of fellow Managing Directors he founded MD2MD in 2004 to provide groups of business leaders with a confidential environment within which they can support and challenge each other to raise their game as leaders and by doing so improve the success of their organisation.

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