Richard has had one of those interesting careers that spans many industries and roles, including working successfully as an HR consultant, lawyer and a Yacht Master instructor. The common thread between them all is a desire to continually improve himself and others, in each environment he works in.
His professional passion sits across the axis of 'people', 'change' and 'performance' for both individuals and organisations. It is therefore no surprise that he joined Atkins as the Collaboration Working Lead, in a role that is designed to help the company, and its employees, appreciate the value they create through collaboration (one of the company's four corporate values and with Atkins one of the original founding members of the ICW). As an advocate for collaboration, and specifically the competency of collaboration, he continues to lead customers, delivery partners and its supply chain to a greater collaborative performance and outcomes.
He previously led QinetiQ through their audit programme to attain ISO44001 ISO certification, and more importantly to ensure that in doing so it supports the organisation's performance transformation activities. Collaborative Working was a core part of the organisational development actions, which sustain a 'High challenge - High support' inclusive work space.
In addition to this day job he is Social Value and Inclusion Champion, drawing a clear parallel between 'Inclusion' and 'Collaboration' as a mechanism for creating sustainable high-performing environments. This comes through in his role as current chair for the Thought Leadership Special Interest Group, leading our current tenure to advance the competency of collaboration in support of inclusion and social impact agendas.
Atkins is part of SNC-Lavelin, a multidisciplinary company operating in the transport, power, defence & built environment sector, with a highly respected engineering delivery capability.
In his personal life Richard's time is often occupied by his 'project' home, his other three 'projects' (one daughter and two sons) and, when he can, playing or coaching Hockey.