Shields founded Rapid Innovation Group in 2003 with the intention of building a specialist consulting firm focused exclusively on the practice of entrepreneurial management. Over a decade RIG has developed a distinctive set of critical capabilities that when taken together represent the corpus of the firm’s method and know how.
In addition to client work, Shields’ strategic priorities include: recruitment and talent development, new client acquisition, optimising RIG’s client portfolio, and co-building new businesses in which RIG is a significant shareholder. He is actively involved in the firm’s initiative to develop a panel of investors that can provide financing options to both existing clients and new company starts.
Before RIG, Shields was a management consultant at Charter Management Consulting working across sectors for large organisations and fast growth SMEs. He founded and was CEO of Greychip, an e-learning company based on the principles of self-managed learning. In his early career, Shields spent two years running a landscape design company on Shelter Island, New York and three years as an English teacher at Maru a Pula, an independent, co- educational secondary school located in Gaborone, Botswana.
Shields is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and holds a Masters from Lancaster University.