Under his leadership the organisation used the strong platform provided by its 20 Member Clubs to successfully increase interest in the competition, grow revenues in the UK and internationally, and invest in and support football development at all levels of the sport.
During his time at the Premier League, Richard was a Founding Trustee of the Football Foundation – a charity funded by the Premier League, The FA, and the UK Government which has installed or improved over 3,000 community sports facilities across the UK. He was Chairman of the World League’s Forum and co-chaired the UK Government’s Sports Business Council. Before joining the Premier League, Richard was Chief Executive of the Football League. Prior to that, Richard was Senior Vice-President of the Thomson Corporation, responsible for their US newspaper publishing division. He is married to Catherine and has five children: they all support Bristol City FC.
Richard currently sits on the advisory board of The Ryder Cup and provides strategic advice to MLB and the Australian Professional Football Clubs Association. In December 2018, he was awarded a CBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to football.