Richardís work has centred on the management of research within higher education
institutions. He has been involved in the field for over 20 years as practitioner,
commentator, policy advisor, teacher, and entrepreneur. He qualified
professionally as a Chartered Company Secretary (ACIS) in 1975 and was awarded
the MBA degree in 1984.
As Director of Research Services at Newcastle University, he created and led the
first fully integrated unit delivering administrative support to all aspects of a UK
universityís research activities. This included:
- policy work on linking resource allocation to assessments of performance, and
strategic positioning of the university as a research institution
- identifying research opportunities, supporting applications and negotiating
- financial management of the universityís portfolio of external research grants
- dealing with intellectual property and the transfer and commercialisation of
His innovative approach to these tasks was influential in the evolution of the UKís
Research Assessment Exercise. It also resulted in the development of the REFUND
information system, later acquired by COS where Richard is still involved as a
consultant, and the RACE costing system which has been successfully
commercialised by STCS Ltd.
A number of commercial ventures in which he was involved at a formative stage have gone on to achieve substantial returns for the individuals concerned and for the University, including Arjuna, Novocastra Laboratories and Seabait, making Newcastle one of the UK's most successful universities in generating new businesses.
Beyond his university responsibilities Richard has been active in consultancy and
development projects, lecturing, and with professional societies. He was a
founding member of the board of AURIL in the UK, served on the International
Committee of SRA in the USA, and was instrumental in the founding of RAGnet, the
predecessor of ARMA. Bluebell Research carried out the strategy review that led to the creation of ARMA.
His lecturing and consulting work has taken
him to nearly every European country, across North America, and to Australia - where Richard was invited to give a keynote address at the inaugural meeting of
ARMS, the Australasian counterpart of ARMA - and
South East Asia, where he maintains a close association with universities in Indonesia.
He is best known in Europe for his contributions to the design of the
legal, financial and management aspects of successive EU Framework Programmes. His lecturing on EU matters has earned a reputation for bringing clarity to often opaque issues, and his wide knowledge has been called on by many EU projects.
Richard retired from Newcastle University in 2002 and now works through his own
company, Bluebell Research Ltd.
Having started out in life as an actor and been a semi-professional
singer for 20 years, Richardís current passion is tall ships, where he now sails as Watchleader
and Bosunís Mate at every possible opportunity.