Progressing from his telecommunications apprenticeship Richard spent 10 years as a project manager building the optical fibre networks over which the internet operates. Leaving this behind to become a mature student he studied Lean Management techniques completing this with an MSc in Quality and Environmental Management in quality and environmental management, achieving Chartered Quality Professional status in 2007
Working with refugee communities since 2004, he has built a strong reputation for designing and delivering innovative projects that realise the capabilities of refugees. Leading an agenda of change he actively campaigns to change the systems that maintain refugees in poverty in the UK. Building on this reputation he is a member of the England Impact Forum for the European Agenda for Adult Learning, strategic panel member for the Festival of Learning and inspiration behind Ashley Community Housing’s #RethinkingRefugee campaign.
His enthusiasm for change has helped secure ACH’s progression from a community organisation to its current leading position as an accommodation based refugee resettlement and integration service operating in 3 cities. Which, alongside its training arm Himilo, enables the ’hard to reach’ to gain the skills needed to thrive in the UK. He is currently responsible for driving forward ambitious plans to fund further strategic growth through the use of Collective Impact to constructively disrupt the systems associated with labour market integration of refugees in the UK, and Europe.