Further details of the Wychwood Partners network are available to clients on request.


General Sir Richard Barrons CBE KCB

Managing partner, lead partner strategic advice

General Sir Richard Barrons served as Commander Joint Forces Command, one of the six "Chiefs of Staff" leading the UK Armed Forces, until April 2016.  He was responsible for 23,000 people worldwide and a budget of £4.3 billion, delivering intelligence, Special Forces, operational command and control, all surveillance, reconnaissance and information systems and communications, operational logistics, medical support, and advanced education and training across the Armed Forces' operations worldwide.  

Richard's ambitions now are to be at the forefront of applying disruptive technology as it revolutionises business, society, government and defence.  He advises and lectures regularly on cyber risk and security to City, academic, parliament, military and commercial fora, promoting the rapid deployment of combinations of the digital age technologies.  He is working on a book provisionally titled "Warfare in the Information Age."


Tim Cook

Lead partner implementation services

Based in London but operating internationally, Tim Cook has 16 years of executive search and assessment experience, covering both Egon Zehnder and Russell Reynolds where Tim co-led the Global Cyber and CIO Practices.  Tim is focused on helping clients understand what good looks like in digital and data as well as cyber security leadership.  He has previous experience in both large and small-scale technology companies, from time spent at Fujitsu Services and Cherwell Scientific, where he was the CEO.  Earlier in his career, Tim served in the UK Ministry of Defence.

Tim's executive search and assessment and development work has covered Cyber as well as CIO, CTO and other senior digital roles.  He has worked across most sectors and geographies. Tim developed the Cyber Information Risk Officer framework, CIRO. This is a 5 level maturity model, linked to an online psychometric profiling tool, designed to help organisations and individuals understand what good looks like as they balance cyber defence with digital innovation and risk appetite.