Richard joined The King's Fund in 2009 to lead on social care and work across the NHS and local government. He is a recognised national commentator and writer on social care reform, the funding of long-term care and the integration of health and social care, including health and wellbeing boards. He has led the Fund's work in supporting the Barker Commission on the future of health and social care.
A graduate of LSE, his professional background is social work, and over the past 35 years he has worked in a variety of roles, including as a director of social services and health authority chief executive (the first combined post in England) and in senior roles in the Department of Health. Richard is a non-executive director of Wye Valley NHS Trust and Housing & Care 21, a large national provider of housing and care services, and a columnist for the Local Government Chronicle. He is co-chair of the associates' network of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and a Fellow of the RSA.