Richard is the CEO of the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network (YH AHSN). The AHSN connects NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies, with a clear focus on increasing economic growth and improving outcomes for patients. Prior to this Richard was the AHSN Commercial Director providing executive leadership on all commercial, innovation and wealth creation objectives.
Richard is also a non-executive director of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Leadership Fellow of St George’s House, Windsor Castle.
Before joining the AHSN Richard was Head of Commercial and International Innovation at NHS England. His role involved developing national programmes that maximise benefits to patients and the NHS, in addition to supporting UK economic growth agenda, by promoting and facilitating commercial opportunities, both domestically and internationally.
Richard was also a creator and the Managing Director of NHS Global, a precursor to Healthcare UK, established to support the delivery of health care expertise to international markets.
Richard created and led the NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, a role that involved improving the culture of innovation in NHS organisations.
Richard was a core member of the NHS National Leadership Council and has previous acute and commissioning senior management experience. He joined the NHS from the BBC as a graduate trainee.