Richard has been a driving force behind equality and diversity in the workplace. As part of a restructure he displaced all three layers of mostly male senior leaders in the business, the outcome of which was an almost 50% mix of male and women in the leadership team. The basis for selection wears entirely meritocratic but they use a very robust process to select around both skills and competencies, in particular behaviours. He is a regular speaker on panels, and internally, about the importance of gender diversity. Most recently he was on a panel with Liz Bingham OBE with the British American Business Women’s Network, where he spoke to an audience of around 200 senior women about diversity in the workplace, and how both companies and individuals have a responsibility.