Richard Cheesman

Chief Operating Officer

Richard has worked for many years in the development and financing of stadium projects. At ISG Richard is responsible for working with clients to develop their stadium projects and to act as a liaison between clients and ISG's various funding relationships. Richard was also appointed Managing Director of Comperio Research, the specialist stadium research company, when ISG acquired the business in 2010.

He was educated at Cambridge University where he gained a degree in Mathematics and worked at Nomura before joining WestLB, the large German Bank. At WestLB Richard was involved in providing financing to several large transactions including management buy-outs and public-to-private take-overs.

Whilst at WestLB, Richard worked on the successful financing of Wembley Stadium and the creation of a successful, bankable financing package for the project. This was backed by Comperio Research’s forecasts. The financing was completed in September 2002.

In 2004 Richard left WestLB and became a founding partner at Clearbrook Capital, a London based private equity firm. He was involved in ten acquisitions for Clearbrook during his time there including the acquisition of Bastion (since renamed ISG) in 2006.

Richard now works full time for ISG and brings his expertise of linking project and business plan development with financing sources to ISG’s clients.

Since the acquisition of Comperio Research, he has led the development of the business into what is now the recognised global leader in stadium research using some of the most sophisticated consumer product research techniques. He takes overall responsibility for the research projects undertaken by ISG and Comperio including recent projects for FC Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, Atletico Madrid and several projects in the USA and Brazil.

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ISG is the market leader in forecasting and maximising revenue from seating in stadia and arenas, and enhancing the spectator experience. ISG's uniquely experienced senior executive team has been responsible for generating more than $2 billion in revenues at more than 15 projects.