Richard originally trained as a Natural Scientist – studying Zoology for his first degree with a focus on Evolution, Ecology and Animal Behaviour; later he did a PgD. Diploma in ‘IT in Business'; and an MBA at the Bradford School of Management. Also, following his interest in lateral thinking he did a short course run by Edward de Bono at the University of Malta, leading to a Certificate in General Thinking Skills. He has been teaching full time at Oxford Brookes since June 2007.
Richard's business experience is mainly with SMEs working in a range of industries/sectors including the leather industry where his family had a tannery in Yorkshire (from which there was a successful exit following the collapse of the boot and shoe industry in the UK). He has been a sales director at an international trading company and a managing director of a manufacturing company making and distributing products for the photographic sector. He has also worked as a general manager at a publishing company – a London based plc; and in the non-profit sector – doing project work for a leading conservation NGO and for a non-departmental government agency.
Outside of work Richard's interests include learning about other cultures, travel, science and natural history, sport, photography, traditional teaching stories, grappling with the piano and the German language; and, when time permits, organising and taking part in expeditions.