Richard’s first career was an employment lawyer. He trained with City firm Gouldens, becoming a partner in that firm before its merger with global firm Jones Day, where he served as a partner for three years. He then moved to City firm Speechly Bircham where he ran the large employment practice and served on the management committee. In 2011 he suffered a serious mental breakdown, spent time in hospital and undertook a lengthy recovery process. He has undertaken foundation level studies in psychotherapy and counselling and is an accredited coach.
Richard now spends most of his time working with organisations to raise awareness of mental health, and to train people in looking after themselves and each other, making mental health part of the conversation at work. He heads up this area of work at workplace consultancy byrne·dean, as well as leading their conflict resolution work. He is an accredited Mental Health First Aid trainer, and one of their central associate team. He sits on the steering committee of the Lord Mayor of London’s This is Me campaign to raise awareness and reduce the stigma around mental illness through the power of personal story telling. He works with many leading financial and professional service organisations, is a passionate campaigner and a confident facilitator.
Richard new book “This too will pass” has just been published and is receiving national attention.