Richard joined the Trust in December 2020 as a Non-Executive Director after almost 26 years as a local authority chief executive.
Richard was the first Chief Executive of Central Bedfordshire Council, a unitary authority created from the merger of a County Council and two District Councils in 2009. In Richard’s 11 years at the helm, the Council delivered significant improvements in key areas such as Children’s Services, Adult Social Care and Regeneration, against the background of a challenging financial climate.
Richard worked for seven councils throughout his career. He became Chief Executive of East Cambridgeshire District Council in 1995 and then Aylesbury Vale District Council in 2000. He then took the helm at Wolverhampton City Council in 2006.
Throughout his career, Richard has led major programmes of change, including two housing stock transfers, a £350m Building Schools for the Future programme and several urban regeneration projects.
Between May 2017 and October 2020, Richard was the Senior Responsible Officer for the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care System (ICS) serving a population of a million people and comprising fifteen organisations straddling the NHS and Local Government.
Richard has also been a University governor and a governor of two colleges of Further Education. He has an honours degree in the Humanities, a Diploma in Management Studies and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators.
Richard now runs a small management consultancy whose assignments include work with the Department of Health and Social Care as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is also Interim Managing Director for the East Midlands Development Company.