Richard is an independent advisor on international affairs with especial focus on trade, conflict, and development. He has led four multi-million pound organisations as chief executive for a total of 18 years.They ranged from a famous charity to a UK government agency to a private company to a membership body.All of them were revenue-based operations delivering public benefits.
Additionally he has been on the Board of five multi-million pound operations including companies, charities, two government agencies, and a UK Russell
Richard has worked in over 55 countries, with a particular focus on Africa, the wider Commonwealth, and in post-conflict situations.
He was Chief Executive, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council from 2017 to 2019.For the previous 8 years, he was Chief Executive of Wilton Park (a Foreign and Commonwealth Office agency for conciliation and dialogue on global issues).He was a Commissioner for Commonwealth Scholarships, and on the Council of Durham University
He has been CEO of the Countryside Alliance, Director General of the Zoological Society of London, and for ten years served with the British Council in Africa and the Middle East.
He graduated from Durham University in 1980 and was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Peradeniiya, Sri Lanka.