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MA (Oxon) in Law, Worcester College, Oxford
Graduate Diploma in History of Art, Courtauld Institute, University of London

Career History    

A barrister by background, Sir Richard joined the Home Office in 1991 as a legal adviser.  He held a number of senior Civil Service posts, both legal and non-legal, in a career of nearly 30 years. As a senior leader in the Civil Service, he was a recognised advocate for diversity and inclusion.  He was the Civil Service Race Champion for six years, pioneering programmes to make the Civil Service more inclusive and to remove barriers to entry and progression. 

2015 – 2020    Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice and Clerk of the Crown in Chancery
2012 – 2015    Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office
2012 – 2015    First Parliamentary Counsel
2008 – 2012    Director General, Pensions Policy, Department for Work & Pensions
2006 – 2008    Head of Law & Governance, Department for Work & Pensions
2003 – 2006    Head of Legal Services, Lord Chancellor’s Department (now Ministry of Justice) 
2001 – 2003    Deputy Director, Legal Services, Lord Chancellor’s Department
2000 – 2001    Legal Advisor for Constitutional Reform, Cabinet Office

Other roles
2014-2020    Chair of Trustees, United St Saviour’s Charity, Southwark (community investment and almshouse charity) 
2020 to date Trustee, Koestler Arts (promoting rehabilitation through participation in the arts by those in custody)


Travel (particularly India); art and design (collector of contemporary and 20th century British and Indian paintings, drawings and ceramics); swimming, walking and skiing.

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