Former Master Cutler and President of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce. Richard qualified as a chartered accountant, chartered marketor, and chartered director. After leaving the accounting profession, he became finance director of Bridon Wire, worked in business turnarounds, and chairman and chief executive of the Dyson Group PLC. Since then he has been mentor and coach to, for example, the executive boards of Yorkshire Water, Scottish Water, and Ofwat. He now co-facilitates a ten-day leadership programme, chairs and coaches technology companies, and coaches a number of executives and charities. He is a visiting Professor of Sheffield Business School, an Honorary Fellow of Sheffield Hallam University, and holder of the University of Sheffield’s Centenary Medal.