Richard leads on Knowledge Exchange at the Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA), based at the University of Reading, a post jointly funded by the Satellite Applications Catapult. His role at The IEA and within the Catapult, aims to bring businesses and academics together to help solve environmental challenges by accessing the power of “Big Data”.
Richard has over 10 years’ experience working with businesses and organisations helping them to adapt to the changing climate, both at the Environment Agency and at Oxford Universities UK Climate Impacts programme (UKCIP).
At the Environment Agency Richard led on the Governments Adaptation Reporting Power, part of the Climate Change Act. He spearheaded the EA’s adaptation programme internally and externally was responsible for the delivery of the support service to the UK’s major infrastructure providers, helping them fulfil their obligations under the Act, focusing on weather and climate related risks.
At UKCIP Richard was Training Manager where amongst many achievements, he created the Projections in Practice programme to support the launch of the UK Climate Projections – the world’s first publicly accessible, probabilistic climate projections.
Richard also has extensive experience in the learning and development field, having held several senior training management roles within the private and public sectors.
Despite his numerous academic and work accomplishments, Richards’s greatest achievement to date is winning a Silver Medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a climate change garden.