After graduating from Cambridge, Richard qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young. He retired from Ernst & Young in 2008 after 25 years as a partner.
Since retiring, Richard has become very involved with a number of not for profit organisations. In addition to being a trustee of GMCVO, he is a governor of Concord College, an independent boarding school in Staffordshire, and a trustee of an academy which runs two primary schools in Wythenshawe. Richard also chairs The David Lewis Centre, which is one of the largest providers of specialist residential and day services for people who have complex epilepsy, severe neurological conditions and learning and physical disabilities, Wythenshawe Hospital Transplant Fund, which supports the programme of heart and lung transplantation at Wythenshawe Hospital, and The Charity Service, a small charity which supports the charity sector in general in Greater Manchester and the North West.
Richard is well aware of the many issues facing the not for profit sector and is very supportive of, and committed to, GMCVO’s purpose, objects, vision, values and ethics. Richard joined the Board of GMCVO because he wanted to be involved in supporting what is a relatively complex organisation in its development in a challenging marketplace
GMCVO is leading the Greater Manchester Talent Match partnership who’s objective is to support the development of strong relationships between young people, Talent Coaches and employers to enable young people to realise their potential, gain employment and enjoy fulfilling careers.
As a member of the Board of GMCVO, Richard is committed to ensuring that Greater Manchester Talent Match achieves its objectives and brings together effectively the considerable talents of the various participating stakeholders.
To do so, Richard feels that we shall need to identify, and provide solutions to, current barriers to employing the target group as perceived from both employers’ and young people’s viewpoints.
Greater Manchester Talent Match provides an opportunity not only to experiment and try a few approaches, in order to see what really works, but also to change how we do things and create new partnership approaches which will endure beyond 2018.