Richard Buchanan is Managing Director and one of the founding partners behind the award-winning brand consultancy The Clearing. With over twenty years experience Buchanan has helped both start-up and iconic international brands discover their 'Clear Defendable Territory.' From McLaren and Fitness First to Wimbledon and Ocado - Richard specialises in connecting businesses and brands with their customer. And as a straight-talking Mancunian with a passion for design and innovation, he regularly comments, writes and speaks about marketing, branding and design. Over the past eight years, Buchanan and The Clearing have won more than thirty industry awards - including D&AD, DBA Design Effectiveness and The Drum's Brand Consultancy of the Year.