Richard was appointed Director of the Power to Change Research Institute in November 2015. A former senior civil servant and deputy director of the think tank Reform, Richard has extensive public policy and research experience. He is a member of the Advisory Councils of Volunteering Matters and the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and a Visiting Senior Fellow at St. Mary’s University.


Community businesses represent a bold new economic model, a way to improve local areas that is genuinely collaborative and sustainable. I want to understand what works – and what doesn’t – so that every part of the country can benefit from this exciting new way of doing things.