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. He is leading the Fund’s work on health and wellbeing boards, including a research project and offering practical support to several local authorities and their health partners.
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 columnist for the Local Government Chronicle, a non-executive director of Housing21 and co-chair of the associates' network of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services. He is also a Fellow of the RSA.