Chief Operating Officer, Arts Council England
Richard is the Arts Council’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for leading the Arts Council investment, governance and planning functions. He is also Executive lead on the Arts Council’s Goal to ensure that every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, museums and libraries. Richard took up this post in November 2016.
Since 2013, Richard was the Arts Council’s Policy & Research Director responsible for building an evidence base to support the Arts Council’s work. He also led on the Arts Council’s work on workforce and leadership in the arts and cultural sector, including Higher Education.
Richard’s career prior to joining the Arts Council included leading arts organisations and festivals across England
Founder, The Lighthouse Company
Portfolio Chair & Entrepreneur
Founder & CEO, The King of Shaves Company Ltd
Chair of Cognitive NeuroImaging
CEO Amicus, and formerly Head of the British Army
MP & Former Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries