Richard leads the public participation and leadership development work programs in Osca. He has over 15 years experience supporting change in large institutions such as the UNDP, OECD, BBC, EC, Bupa, the NHS, Cisco and numerous local and national governments around the world. He is currently a UN Adviser working in the Middle East, a Clore Social Fellow and an associate of the innovation consultancy IDEO.
In 2004 Richard founded Involve (www.involve.org.uk) the public participation charity dedicated to empowering people and strengthening democracy. Before that he worked at The Environment Council and Sussex and Exeter Universities. Richard has been directly involved in the policy making process internationally, writing a number of white papers for the UK government and being the deputy chair of the UK Governments ScienceWise Centre and director of the UK’s National Resources & Waste Forum.
Richard has written numerous publications including Anti Hero, Civic Limits and People and Participation. Richard facilitated the largest conferences of the French and Swedish EU Presidencies; the EC’s Digital Agenda Assembly and the Mobile World Congress. Each event had over 1,500 delegates. Richard speaks at around 30 events a year and was winner of Best Presenter at the 2014 Market Research Society Awards.