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Richard is associate director of the Institute for Community Studies. He was previously a senior civil servant and deputy director of the independent think tank Reform.

He has extensive experience of research and policymaking in the public sector and third sector and has advised governments in Australia, Japan, Europe, Africa and the Middle East about various aspects of public service reform. He has published on a wide range of topics, including crime and criminal justice, deregulation, fiscal sustainability, philanthropy, social investment and impact evaluation.

Richard is a trustee of the Forces in Mind Trust and Caritas Social Action Network, and sits on the Advisory Councils of Volunteering Matters, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Our Common Good. He is also a senior associate of the Power to Change Trust and a visiting senior fellow at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.