Richard is Deputy Director Innovation in Industry at Innovate UK, the UK’s national innovation agency. He is responsible for ensuring alignment between the needs of industry and the Innovate UK programme. He also has overall responsibility for developing and implementing a sustainability strategy across all of the Technology Strategy Board activities, and direct responsibility for programmes in Urban Innovation and Future Cities, Low-Impact Buildings, Resource Efficiency and Water. He is a non-executive director of the Future Cities Catapult.
Previously he developed and led the Low-Impact Buildings Innovation Platform; creating a programme to enable UK industry to meet the challenge of delivering buildings with a dramatically reduced environmental footprint over the next 10 years.
Richard graduated in Chemistry from Imperial College London, and later completed a PhD in bioinorganic chemistry at the University of Manchester. After a short stint as a post-doctoral fellow he became a lecturer in the Department of Instrumentation and Analytical Science at Manchester, researching intelligent instruments and new forms of spectroscopic analysis.