Richard is a consultant working in children and young people’s social policy. He has a strong interest in children’s subjective well-being. Formerly Team Leader for Policy, Research and Public Affairs at The Children’s Society he was responsible for their ongoing research into children’s subjective well-being and their annual Good Childhood Report. He has undertaken and advised a number of projects focused on measuring and responding to children’s wellbeing in practice including in schools, community organisations, local and combined authorities.
Richard has a broad knowledge of children and young people’s lives over a range of areas including social care, health, youth work, schools, immigration, welfare and early years. He co-delivers the Esmée Fairbairn Leaving Care Learning Programme supporting over 30 grantees working with care leavers to make connections, build capacity and collectively influence provision for those leaving care across the UK.
Richard is Chair of Governors at an outstanding secondary school for young people with profound and multiple disabilities and an independent visitor for children in the care. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Cambridge University and is an accredited Action Learning Facilitator.