Richard has been with the University of Sheffield since 2012. He is part of the Accounting & Financial Management (AFM) section of the Management School, teaching and researching aspects of Management Accounting to undergraduate and post-graduate students, and is module leader to two undergrad modules and two master’s level modules. Within AFM, Richard is the team leader for MARS (Management Accounting Research at Sheffield), a subset of CRAFiC – the Centre for Research in Accounting and Finance in Context. He specialises in researching issues of trust in supplier-retailer relations, and is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Richard is also Chief Business Advisor to the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures at the university. This role focuses on external relations with business and industry. He is also the convenor and secretary of the Grantham Ambassadors, whose members include senior colleagues from industry, research and professional services across a wide range of sectors, from around the world. Part of his work in the Grantham Centre is to provide support and guidance to the Grantham Scholars. He also manages the ECR research stimulation programme known as the Grantham Centre GO Fund.
Richard's career commenced as a fast track civil servant in the Department of the Environment, which was involved – inter alia – with harmonisation of UK environmental legislation post accession to the EEC. Following a full-time MBA at the University of Sheffield in 1989-1990, he then spent six years at Harper Adams University, establishing the DTI-funded Enterprise Unit and teaching strategic management and statistics to final year degree students. He then worked in global consultancy on strategic issues relating to major fmcg and agri-food suppliers and their multiple retailer customers; a role that required a significant level of interfacing with governmental and industry bodies.