Richard has over 30 years’ experience in the field of economic development, and has worked in both the public and private sectors in Scotland, across the UK and EU, and in Australia.  He is currently the Strategic Director of Regeneration, Environment & Growth at West Dunbartonshire Council, responsible for all of the Councils economic development, regeneration, infrastructure, housing, and estates. Prior to joining WDC in 2013 Richard was Head of Economic Development at Mazars. From 2009 to 2011 he was Head of Economic Development for the Audit Commission in London, responsible for assessing the performance of all local authority economic development activity in England. He was previously Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Head of Economic Development for Glasgow City Council, where he had particular responsibility for business growth and employment, inward investment and tourism.

Richard is a Board member of the UK Institute for Economic Development, Chairperson of the Clydebank Property Company and also a Board member of Glasgow Film Theatre and Chair of its Finance Committee.