Richard is a consultant in communications, advising a wide variety of charities, NGOs, businesses and governmental agencies on public relations, policy formulation and public affairs. He has worked directly for senior politicians in both Westminster and Brussels.
Richard gained a BSc(Econ) at University College, London and his PhD from the London School of Economics. His study of labour mobility between Britain and the United States of America in the nineteenth century was published in New York in the ‘Outstanding Theses of the London School of Economics’ series.
He has held awards from the American Council of Learned Societies and New Jersey Historical Commission and served as academic fellow with the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, Washington D.C.
Richard has a keen interest in education policy, widening access to higher education and life-long learning having worked as Director of Communications for the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (now part of the National Education Union), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Cambridge Primary Review based at the University of Cambridge and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. For four years he led the annual publication of national A-level and GCSE results on behalf of JCQ and the UK assessment boards. He served on the government advisory board that led to the establishment of the Engineering Technology Board (now Engineering UK) to promote UK engineers, technology and manufacturing.
He is a senior trainer with the International School of Communication based in London and Dubai. As a freelance journalist he has written for a range of publications including The Guardian, Times, Sunday Times and Times Educational Supplement.
Richard has a passion for the arts and creative writing and is an alumnus of the Faber Academy and the playwriting workshop course at the National Theatre. He currently leads the ELE Group (East London and Essex Playwriting Group), a member-led playwriting network based at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch in East London.
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