Richard is Chief Executive of the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP), an expert non departmental body which advises the Secretary of State for Health about disputed NHS service. He is also Senior Partner at NHS Interim Management and Support (NHS IMAS), undertaking both consultancy and interim assignments for a variety of organisations across the NHS and the Department of Health.
Richard graduated from Edinburgh and York Universities before working as a health economist, initially in the NHS, but later at the Health Economics Consortium, University of York, where he became senior research fellow and deputy director.
He re-joined the NHS at the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield and became Director of Business Management. This was followed by being Chief Executive of Sheffield Children’s Hospital Trust, Lincolnshire Health Authority, Sheffield Health Authority and West Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority.
In 2005, Richard joined the Department of Health (DH) to work on the National Programme for IT and related information policy, including the roles of Senior Responsible Owner for the NHS Summary Care Record and Information Governance Assurance Programme.