Richard joined the University as Academic Registrar, having previously worked at Durham, Essex, Lancaster and Newcastle universities.  Richard's primary focus in these roles was on supporting the educational experience of students, and he has been responsible for a range of areas including quality management, educational development, digital education, registry and student appeals and complaints.  He has also worked extensively on the development and implementation of institutional strategy and policy, across the full range of institutional academic activities as well as in relation to education.

Qualifications and memberships

Richard is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation of Higher Education, as well as being a longstanding member of the Association of University Administrators.  He has worked as a review secretary and now as a reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency, and is a member of  the executive of the Quality Strategy Network.  Richard is also a governor of East Durham College.


Prior to moving into higher education administration and management, Richard was a Research Fellow at the History of Parliament and he contributed to The Commons, 1690-1715 (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and The Lords, 1660-1715 (Cambridge University Press, 2016).  He has also written entries for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Presss, 2004).