Richard has held the roles of chair, senior independent director and non-executive director across a range of private and public sectors. Currently Richard is also Chair of the specialist lender Together Personal Finance Ltd. Former roles include Senior Advisor to Virgin Money PLC, Senior Independent Director and Risk Committee Chair of the Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group (CYBG PLC) and Chair of the Yorkshire Bank Pension Trust.
In the NHS, two foundation trust chairmanships, a board member of the Foundation Trust Network, member of GovernWell and the NHS Leadership Academy advisory board. In regional development, Deputy Chair of the regional development agency Yorkshire Forward, Chair of the Science and Industry Council, Yorkshire Innovation, and Chair of Science City York. He is a former board member of Business in the Community and its Yorkshire Chair, former Chair of Sheffield Hallam University and non-executive director of Sheffield University Enterprises Ltd.
His executive career was in television broadcasting first with Granada TV in Manchester and then Yorkshire Television where he retired as Managing Director Broadcasting before becoming Chair of the digital media company Imagesound PLC. Other former memberships include the North West Business Leadership Team, the Yorkshire and Humber Council of the CBI, the Team Humber Marine Alliance advisory board and the Innovation advisory board of Sheffield Hallam University.
Richard joined the board of Places for People Group on 1 November 2020.