Richards BackgroundRichard is 55yrs old having been born and educated into a Welsh family in Rossett. He went to school in the village before attending Yale Sixth Form College and Bangor University. He has been married to Caroline for 34 years and they have two sons, Robert and Matthew who are both avid Wrexham supporters.
Richard settled into a career in West Midlands Police from where he retired from the senior leadership and management role of Chief Superintendent in February this year. He set up his own freelance consultancy supporting voluntary causes and mentoring individuals while offering himself to the Board as a volunteer to support the WST.
In his role as a high profile senior police officer Richard managed budgets of £20m, a workforce on his command of over 400 police officers and staff and he took responsibility for leading countless serious incidents. He has a proven track record of turning around under-performing police business units and led some of the most successful police commands in West Midlands and nationally.
He has been a member of Local Strategic Partnership Boards working with Local Authorities and other public agencies to support work in local communities. He worked closely on youth issues with schools, colleges and universities.
He has worked closely with Football clubs in the Midlands and he has been a member of football safety advisory groups working with local and national football authorities. He has spent some time with Trust Board members on the running of the Trust and its objectives. Being a home and away supporter he is familiar with the working of the Team and Dean Saunders. He has kept himself fully aware of developments in the club over the last ten years or so since the sale by Pryce Griffiths.
Richard has a wealth of leadership and management skills, considerable experience of working within budgets and with high standards of financial and operational probity. His work in the public sector means that he is entirely comfortable with public accountability and public service values that are all in tune with the aspirations of a community owned football club. He has experience of fund raising and use of partnership grants and initiatives to provide economic and social development in community settings.