Richard has a strong community and voluntary sector background, including the arts, which has spanned more than 30 years, accompanied by a lengthy career with local government. Being a community activist he has always worked from the principle that communities can find their own solutions, occasionally with a little help. Richard works at both a strategic level, seeking innovative solutions to unlock the potential of people and their environments whilst simultaneously building the capacity of communities at the grass roots level to move forward together through effective partnerships.
Richard has a good understanding of Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour partnerships, such as CASPAR on Kings Heath, and direct experience in reinvigorating partnerships to address local concerns relating to crime and anti-social behaviour. He has introduced and developed Community Forums as a mechanism for gaining consensus on solutions that address key issues and enable communities to move forward as one for common benefit. Working extensively in Kings Heath, Northampton, Richard managed the transfer of a key community asset to community ownership and thereby its function as a community anchor – arguably the catalyst for devolving community centres to community control. Alongside Kings Heath, Richard devised and managed a three year multi-agency neighbourhood management delivery plan for the Spencer Ward in Northampton and worked as founder member of the acclaimed “Inn Place” community shop in Eastfield, supporting groups to turn their ideas for change into reality. Richard founded and chaired the Lottery funded Northamptonshire Voluntary Sector Training Group which, through strategic co-ordination of the work of training providers, transformed training in the sector. His work campaigned for the benefit of training in the sector to be recognised and with some outstanding results.
Richard brings with him a wealth of funding experience, having negotiated extensive third sector contracts and delivering the Local Network Fund, with community groups, administered by Northampton Community Foundation.
A man of many talents, Richard appeared on BBC 2’s Whistle Test programme as Secretary of Northampton Musicians Collective, a post held for 10 years.
Richard has trained in Managing Voluntary and non-Profit Enterprises, along with counselling.
Richard worked with CASPAR + NR in Castle Ward as we transformed ourselves from a government funded regeneration initiative into a new Castle Partnership for the Big Society age. He was patient and discreet as we tried to overcome bureaucratic obstacles and gave us the support we needed to flourish. (Dr Marie Dickie OBE ex Chair of the CASPAR + NR project)