Richard’s defining career was in the probation service in Greater Manchester over a period of twenty five years, firstly as a practitioner and then as a manager. As a practitioner he specialised in resettlement and youth justice; and on becoming a senior manager in 2004 he had operational management responsibility for the city of Manchester, followed by Tameside District, the seconded prison teams and victim liaison services. In these roles he was a lead in MAPPA and the prolific and priority offender schemes. At different times he had strategic lead responsibility for offender management, safeguarding children and adults, children and families, equality and diversity, and organised crime groups.
Between 2012 and 2014, Richard lead the Ministry of Justice local justice reinvestment pilot on behalf of the Greater Manchester Partnership, as well as representing GMPT in the office of the police and crime commissioner. This cemented his belief in place-based, integrated services, and the need for a fundamental change in the way that criminal justice services viewed partnership working.
In 2014, Richard left GMPT to join Shaw Trust as Director of Justice and Business Development. After a bruising Transforming Rehabilitation campaign, he went on to secure three NOMS co-finance contracts in London, the South West and the East of England Regions. These were significant for him, in that they delivered person-centred practice and community-strengths approaches to some the most hard to reach cohorts in the justice system.