Richard followed an early career in research and technology development in measurement, instrumentation and control systems, specialising in new technology, products and applications for the process and manufacturing industries and for road transport, defence, spacecraft and satellites, before progressing to senior manager and latterly company chief executive.
He is an experienced angel investor and company director. He co-founded early stage venture capital company E-Synergy where he managed investments over 10 years until exiting in 2010. He still coaches and mentors companies preparing for financing and investment.
He served as a non-executive director of the National Physical Laboratory from 2001 until December 2015. He is also a visiting Professor of Measurement and Instrumentation at City University, London and a member of the University of Leicester Innovation Advisory Board.
He has been an Expert Advisor to the European Commission on the Space components of its Framework Programmes and on its preparations for Horizon 2020. He has also advised on many aspects of UK public sector support for research, technology and innovation, including on numerous Departmental and Research Council boards, panels and committees.
Richard was appointed OBE in the 2004 for services to Higher Education and for services to the UK Space Industry. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2007. He holds degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow or Member of several Professional Institutions.