Richard graduated with a first class honours degree in Polymer Science and Technology in 1992 and a PhD in 1996 from The University of Sheffield. He then held research positions at the Universities of Sheffield and Nottingham with research interests in biomaterials and tissue engineering. In 2000 he moved to industry, working for two start-up companies, CellTran Ltd and RegenTec Ltd. At RegenTec he was responsible for the research and development of new injectable tissue engineering scaffolds for regenerative medicine applications, the development of novel drug testing assays with Pharma companies, and the implementation of quality management systems. Richard is author of over 20 publications and three granted patents.
In 2007 Richard re-joined the University of Sheffield and has established and led a number of knowledge exchange & business development activities and externally facing research centres. These include the N8 Molecular Engineering Translational Research Centre (METRC), the University’s EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Account, and the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH). In 2014 Richard moved to the Faculty of Engineering as Senior Business Development Manager for Manufacturing Research.