Richard’s executive career spanned legal, governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and product integrity. His career in legal management and governance extends over 20 years, and he was General Counsel and Company Secretary of FTSE100 companies for over 10 years. Now in his portfolio career, Richard is a certified coach and accredited mediator. He invests in and supports start-ups and early-stage businesses in their growth plans and is co-founder of a legal tech start-up. In addition to mentoring senior executives and teams, he is working on a book with the theme of business integrity and functional efficiency in large organisations. Richard has a lifelong interest in the arts, having served as a trustee or chairman of arts charities.
Until January 2018, Richard was Group General Counsel at Ferguson plc and a member of the Executive Committee. He joined what was then Wolseley plc in November 2007, and from then until July 2015 he was also Group Company Secretary. He held responsibility for Ferguson's legal affairs, corporate governance, compliance, enterprise risk management, product integrity and corporate responsibility and was a member of the Executive Committee. A £14bn revenue, FTSE 50 company, Ferguson plc is the world's largest specialist distributor of plumbing and heating products with a rapidly expanding B2C business in the US. It operates principally in the US, with businesses also in Canada and the UK, trading under the Wolseley name.
Previously, Richard was Company Secretary and General Counsel at Corus Group, the FTSE100 steel company that became part of Tata Steel in Europe in 2007, after a contested takeover process. Before Corus, Richard was General Counsel at Agip, the exploration and production division of ENI, the Italian multinational integrated energy company. In his time in the oil industry he worked in Russia, Kazakhstan, the US and other oil and gas regions around the world.