Richard chaired the London 2012 Forum for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and was heavily involved in the bid for the Games from the very beginning, starting the work on a bid over twenty years ago. This led him to be the lead local authority member in London for both for some years and later he became a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Strategy Group. A non-executive director in health from the mid 1980s, Richard chaired NHS Haringey for ten years until 2011. He chaired the Joint Committee of all the London PCTs on consultations relating to Health Care for London and the future of stroke and trauma services, as well as the Strategic Partnership Board for Barnet, Enfield and Haringey. He was also chair of the London Specialised Commissioning Group. He is now the Chair of the Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is also Chair of Health Education South London which has responsibility for the commissioning of all medical and health education training in that area.

He has been on the Boards of a number of other voluntary organisations in a variety of roles in the past and currently chairs the Board of Alcohol Concern.