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The idea for SmartChain was born out of operations professionals with a creative and entrepreneurial streak - confident to think differently and act decisively. SmartChain International LLP was established 2013 with Founding Members based in the UK and Switzerland.

The SmartChain team have many years of industry, operations and consulting experience. With an outstanding track record of assisting our client’s to resolve their operational business challenges and implement successful change.

Many of our team have held senior roles within major businesses. We understand the operational complexities and management dynamics of operating at this level and are highly effective in organising and advising on change, while providing realistic adoption timescales.

We tailor our consulting style and approach to address your specific business requirements, uniquely setting us apart from many of the big name consultancies who religiously follow the book to the letter.


our founding partners



Richard is a Founding Partner of SmartChain International, a trusted advisor with a background in management consulting and industry.

  • SmartChain & Lodestone: 8 yrs business leadership & consulting
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers: 11 yrs supply chain consulting
  • ICI Paints (now AkzoNobel): 13 yrs in manufacturing&operations
  • Industry focus: Consumer Goods, Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Speciality Chemicals 
  • Nationality: British

John Earley 

John is a Founding Partner of SmartChain International, an Internationally recognised expert in Operational Excellence with a long and successful career in both industry and management consulting.

  • SmartChain & Lodestone: 5 yrs business leadership & consulting
  • AstraZeneca: 5 yrs global OE programme leadership & strategy
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers: 13 yrs management consulting - US
  • Evets Computers: 4 yrs consulting and project management
  • Roll-Royce Aero Engines: 6 yrs in manufacturing engineering
  • Industry focus: Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Aerospace, Discrete Manufacturing
  • Nationality:  British

Patrick Rigoni

Patrick is a Founding Partner of SmartChain International, and comes from Industry with a successful career covering all aspects of operations strategy and operational excellence.

  • SmartChain: 4 yr business consulting
  • Mylan: 3 yrs in generic Pharma strategic supply chain
  • J&J Pharma: 4 yrs tactical and strategic supply planning
  • J&J Janssen-Cilag: 2 yrs Lean manufacturing implementation
  • J&J Cilag: 6 yrs manufacturing and operational excellence
  • Industry focus: Pharmaceuticals, Biotech, Chemicals
  • Nationality: Swiss