Richard has a wealth of leadership and development experience as Strategic Accounts Director has a global remit for managing key clients and the development of leadership and cultural change programmes internationally.

Educated at King’s School, Worcester he joined the Army in 1983 and was a graduate of The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Richard served with the Royal Welch Fusiliers on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan. He was responsible for all operational training for Northern Ireland, was Chief Instructor at Sandhurst and taught at the Advanced Command and Staff Course, before assuming command of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters in London and Helmand Province, Afghanistan. On promotion to Colonel, he commanded the Operational Training Advisory Group, responsible for training all Army and Royal Marines brigades and units for operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Balkans.

He was awarded the Military Cross for his command tour in Bosnia in 1995, and the OBE for the command of his Battle Group in Afghanistan in 2007.

Richard retired from the Army in 2010 and has worked for Thales as Director of Managed Services (UK) and New Century, as Director of Programme Development. He has also worked on the UK Sport Leading Edge programme since 2007, with the GB Sailing Team and with UK Athletics and Great Britain Womens’ Hockey (2007-2009) as a coach and performance development mentor as well as assisting on numerous IDG programmes since 2001.