Richard’s career started in retail at Boots the Chemist in the late 70’s as a management trainee . He worked in store management before joining the Early Learning Centre in the mid 80’s. He was heavily involved in their rapid expansion and became the Stores Director responsible for all European operations before leaving to join the Charity Sector. He worked at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) heading up their retail chain and played an instrumental role in the merging of ICRF with the Cancer Research Campaign (CRC) in 2002 when they formed Cancer Research UK. Richard stayed with CRUK until 2015 in the role of Executive Director of Fundraising Marketing and Communications where he was responsible for 2000 staff, 40,000 volunteers and annual revenue of more than £500m p.a. More recently Richard worked in a similar role at Macmillan Cancer Support before leaving in 2018 to become an independent Executive Coach.

He was a trustee and Chair of the Institute of Fundraising from 2010 -2016 which is the largest membership organisation in the Charity sector and is responsible for setting the standards of fundraising throughout the UK.
He is currently a Trustee of the Tony Elisher Foundation, a global coaching and mentoring Charity helping potential leaders in the Third Sector.
He is an advisor to Guys and St Thomas’s Charity and is a current Fellow at the IOF.

Richard’s interest in coaching started in 2002 at CRUK when he first looked for external support to help his thinking with the merger at CRUK and later when he was promoted to the executive board in 2004. His personal experience of coaching transformed his understanding of leadership, and change management and fundamentally influenced his career.

“I believe coaching offers a safe place to explore the big questions, it’s the best way to expand thinking, test theories and dare to speak out the unthinkable. Without it, my career would have stalled a very long time ago”

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