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Paul Richardson

Executive Chairman

Gymshark Ltd

Birmingham, UK

Paul Richardson


Paul Richardson is Executive Chairman at leading UK fitness apparel brand, Gymshark. Paul advises on business planning, development and long-term strategy, while also managing Gymshark’s property division that designs innovative work spaces around the globe.

In addition, Paul is a Director of Clade Group, one of the main shareholders of Gymshark. Prior to this, Paul acted as Managing Director and Senior Vice President of Knowaste, a waste management business that specialises in the recycling and disposal of absorbent hygiene products.

As a Joint Owner and Director of well-known fashion retailer AllSaints, Paul gained experience in managing retail and clothing companies, which he would later apply to his strategic role at Gymshark. Paul was also engaged as Chief Executive Officer of Midlands waste management operation, City Waste Plc.

Paul has served as Non-Executive Director and Advisor to the main board of Birmingham City Plc working closely with David Sullivan and Karren Brady and is currently involved as member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), a professional organisation for the waste management sector in the United Kingdom.

In 2019 Paul and Gymshark’s Chief Financial Officer, Philip Daw, were awarded The Profit Track 100 award for international growth after the company’s sales abroad grew by 163% in 2018.

Paul Richardson’s Newsfeed

Younger people most affected by disconnect of remote work

Paul Richardson, Executive Chairman of Gymshark (UK-based billion pound company started in 2012, average age of staff under 30): “We see the risk to our business in the long term and we will encourage our staff to attend the office whenever possible.”

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Gymshark secures investment from General Atlantic

Gymshark was founded in 2012 by Francis when he was 19, in his parents’ garage, having been taught to sew by his Mom. As the company grew, so too did the leadership team, and in early 2015, Steve Hewitt joined as chief executive and Paul Richardson as executive chairman.

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Paul Richardson’s Background

Gymshark Ltd
Executive Chairman
Feb 2015 - Present
Solihull, UK
Gymshark is a UK fitness, apparel and accessory company, established by Ben Francis in 2012. It has since grown into a leading sportswear brand. The business credits its success to a strong online presence, continuous innovation and high-quality performance wear.
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Clade Group Ltd.
Oct 2016 - Present
Solihull, UK
Clade Group Ltd. is a privately held shared capital company that is the main shareholder of UK sportswear brand Gymshark.
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Current Board Positions

Birmingham City Plc
Feb 2002 - May 2004
Birmingham, UK
Birmingham City Plc runs the business operations of professional British sports club, Birmingham City Football Club. This includes general management, running of stadium facilities, overseeing marketing and retailing as well as merchandising. The club was founded in 1875 and currently compete in second league football.

Awards & Endorsements

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The Sunday Times Profit Track 100
Winner 2020
London, UK
Gymshark were top of the league in the 2020 Sunday Times Profit Track 100. The Profit Track 100 ranks Britain’s private companies with the fastest growing profits. Gymshark’s profits have rocketed from £1.1m in 2016 to £18.6m in 2019.
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The Sunday Times International Track 200 Awards
Winner 2019
London, UK
Gymshark was ranked No. 1 in The Sunday Times International Track 200 Awards 2019. The International Track 200 ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales.
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Paul Richardson’s Education

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Marsh Hill Grammar and Technical School
1970 - 1976