Richard is a chartered accountant and a former senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he held a number of senior management positions including that of global chief accountant. His roles included responsibility for many top clients, both nationally and globally working closely with and advising boards, senior management and audit committees.
His extensive business and financial experience developed during his 37 years at Pwc encompassed corporate governance, audit, accounting, financial reporting, risk management, transaction support and consulting across many sectors including utilities (electricity and water), air transport, heavy industry, manufacturing and natural resources. Since 2010, he has enjoyed a portfolio of board roles ranging across banking, air transport, utilities, central government and education.
Richard was appointed to the Wessex Water Services Limited board in May 2016 and is a member of the audit, nomination, remuneration and corporate responsibility committees.
He is also a non-executive director of Merrill Lynch International and a member of the governance, risk and audit committees; of NATS Holdings Ltd and chair of the audit and risk committee and a member of the transformation and nominations committees; and of the Department for Transport and chair of the group audit and risk assurance committee.
Previously Richard was a non-executive director of Sainsbury's Bank plc and chair of the audit committee; of the Department for International Development and chair of the audit and assurance committee; a council member and chair of the audit and risk committee of the University of Birmingham. He is also chairman and non-executive director of Glaziers Hall Ltd and a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass.