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Richard is an experienced security professional, turned educator, with over 15 years in operational security roles. He is driven by a commitment to helping address immediate and longer-term cyber skills shortages and bring a more diverse range of individuals and experiences into cyber through eco-system collaboration.

Richard has designed and architected numerous enterprise and nationwide and international cyber programmes, including CyberFirst for the NCSC, WiCyS (Women in Cyber), global Secure by Design, and the award-winning National Cybercrime Programme.

Richard is an advisor supporting government and industry, he sits on the TechUK Cyber Management Committee, supporting on the skills agenda, NCSC Cyber Startups panel, and is a member of the Offensive Security (OffSec) Advisory Board. He was appointed to the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) Digital Route Panel for cyber security skills in 2022.

He pioneered the original cyber security apprentice ‘fast track’ programme with HMG to establish successful Level 4 cyber apprentice opportunities. He is passionate about making a difference through technical education that equips individuals from all backgrounds with tomorrow’s digital skills to maximise their potential and succeed in the workplace.