3aef735It has just been announced that Rob Lancashire is stepping down as Chief Operating Officer of digital dictation and voice technologies market leader BigHand at the end of March 2014.

The last four years have been personally and professionally very successful ones for Lancashire. They have seen him sell his own successful digital dictation workflow business nFlow, build a UK legal and professional business unit that drove the exceptional growth of the BigHand in 2010-12, work closely with the CEO Jon Ardron on the sale to BDC, and lead the acquisition and integration of leading US DD supplier Verdatum by BigHand.

For a while now Lancashire has held an ambition to work with other companies to help them accelerate their growth using the skills, knowledge and capabilities he has developed over 10 years of running his own business and the four years he has been at BigHand as part of the company’s impressive growth story. Having come to a point where he is close to completing all his current assignments he is taking the opportunity to step down from his day to day role in the company as COO so he can have more time pursue his ambitions.

Rob Lancashire, who retains a shareholding in BigHand, will remain on the company’s main board as a Non-Executive director, continuing to work with the board to contribute his extensive sector experience and knowledge.

Commenting on the move Rob Lancashire said, “The key thing for me was finding the right time to step down so it would have the minimum impact on the continued success of the company. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last four years at BigHand. Not only have I been able to hone my management skills, learn a lot about the private equity world, and complete both an exit and an acquisition, I have worked with a very talented group of people who are a fantastic and passionate group of professionals. I now have the best of both worlds as I have the opportunity to use my experiences to help other companies, whilst continuing to assist BigHand at a senior board level on its continued and successful growth trajectory.”

Jon Ardron, BigHand CEO added, “Rob has been an invaluable part of my team for the last 4 years but I recognised that he needed new challenges to continue to develop his ambitions and capabilities. Whilst he will not be around in the day to day business I am very pleased that we will continue to have access to his comprehensive knowledge and skills on the Board as well as the occasional support when I need it. I know all my colleagues will join me when I wish Rob all the very best for the future and that we look forward to seeing him again soon in his new Non-Exec role with us.”

The lnsider spoke to Rob Lancashire who said that he was very interested in helping other legal IT companies in his future career as a non-exec director*, in the same way that he was helped by legal IT veteran Ken Symons (ex MD of Resolution Software before it was acquired by Tikit) when Rob ran and then successfully sold his own business nFlow, to BigHand. Rob added that his spiritual home was legal IT and any opportunities to use his experience in this space combined with his experience of areas such as the private equity world, would always be his preference. (* The technical term is a plural non-exec.)