Richard Cull Thomas


Deputy CEO / COO

Richard is Deputy CEO and CEO at Centre for Entrepreneurs and responsible for CFE’s operations, finances and systems, and leadership of the NEF+ programme.

Prior to joining CFE (then NEF), Richard was at British Telecom, in a senior operational capacity leading customer service teams in the Consumer division and working with EE prior to their acquisition by BT. During his time at BT Richard developed deep expertise in customer experience, out- and insourcing of high-volume service operations and fixed and mobile telecoms technology.

Before BT Richard worked in the aerospace industry at BAe Systems, in a wide variety of roles – engineering, project management and commercial, delivering cutting-edge technology and international defence programmes.

Outside of the day job, is a partner in his wife’s property development business, stays fit through a combination of running, cycling and dog walking and is, slowly, learning to fly fish.