A music graduate, Richard’s early career encompassed professional practice as a stage and company manager. He worked in repertory theatre, touring and the West End before spending eight years with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. While there, Richard moved into more administrative roles working as the Chorus Manager and Administrative Assistant to the CEO before joining the London Bach Choir as their first professional General Manager.
At the midpoint in his career Richard moved into higher education where he has worked for several small institutions specialising in live and visual arts. He has created and run degree programmes in Organising Live Arts, Stage Management and Master Programmes in Ensemble Theatre and Theatre for Young Audiences. His focus in recent years has been on academic management including quality assurance, enhancement and strategic approaches to learning and teaching.
Richard is currently an external examiner for Edgehill University. Previous external examiner roles have included Liverpool John Moores University (Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts) and University of Surrey as well as External Reviewer for Leeds Becket University (Wakefield College).
Richard holds a BMus (Hons), is a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.