Richard is one of the Founders of Deptherapy and Deptherapy Education
He is currently a Managing Consultant with Oxford Strategic Consulting where he specialises in the development of HR Policy and Procedures and Leadership. He speaks at a number of international events on leadership
Prior to this, Richard was for ten years a Senior Civil Servant, responsible for Human Resources across the National Probation Service working in both the Home Office and Ministry of Justice. In this role he worked on many occasions directly to the Secretary of State. He oversaw chief officer and Probation Board member discipline and was responsible for the Chair, Board Member recruitment for Probation Trusts.
He joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1971 and through mainly operational roles rose to the rank of Commander and was the Met’s Director of Training and Development Department, at the time the world’s largest police training agency. As the Divisional Commander for Hammersmith Division he turned the Met’s worst performing division around to be the top performing division in the Met. He was the first person ever to take two separate organisations to Investor in People status. He was heavily involved in major public order events across the capital and was responsible for the planning of the annual Notting Hill Carnival.
In his role he visited a number of countries and hosted the visit of President Mbeki of the Republic of South Africa to the Peel Centre, Hendon.
He has a Masters’ Degree in Human Resource management and Doctorate from St Petersburg MVD University.
He is an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem. In 2016 he was made a ‘Point of Light’ by the Prime Minister in recognition of his outstanding volunteering.
Richard started diving in 2007 and has been involved in the rehabilitation of seriously injured Armed Service Personnel through the medium of scuba diving since 2010. He has written on number of articles on scuba diving and the disabled He is a PADI Master Instructor, the highest professional grade of instructor in the PADI system and a Deptherapy Education Instructor Trainer.