Richard started his career in Town and Country Planning before becoming dual qualified in Economic Development and Regeneration, his specialist field. He was the Deputy Chief Executive of the District of Easington until 2002 when he was appointed as Chief Executive of Tynedale Council in Northumberland, a post he held for six years. During that time he led the authority to significant success, attaining a number of national awards for excellence and innovation. Following reorganisation of Local Government in 2008, Richard was appointed as Executive Director to the new organisation leading a range of services with an overall budget of £110m and over 3,000 staff. In 2011, he left Northumberland to join Lugano as Development Director.
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