Member of the Education and Skills Sector Panel
Richard became Chief Executive of the Design and Technology Association in November 2004. The Association offers support, advice and subject leadership for all those involved in D&T education at all levels. Representing and listening to a large membership helps the Association develop and present a vision for the subject and represent the views of the subject community.
Richard originally trained at Goldsmiths as a D&T teacher and taught in Kent before becoming a head of department in a large London comprehensive school. This was followed by work as a local authority adviser and inspector working with primary, special and secondary schools. He has written and contributed to a wide range of design and technology publications, been involved in research, acted as a consultant to C4, and initiated a number of projects linking design and technology in schools to business and industry.
At the D&T Association he has overall responsibility for the organisation and the services it provides to its members and the wider D&T community. He has also been directly involved in a wide range of professional and curriculum development programmes, such as Digital D&T, the Association has run on behalf of the Government and other agencies in order to help modernise and move the subject forward.