Chief Executive Officer, Yorkshire and Humber AHSN
Chief Executive Officer, Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network Richard is the CEO of the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, an organisation that connects the NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies. It has a clear focus on increasing economic growth and improving outcomes for patients. Richard was previously the AHSN’s Commercial Director providing executive leadership on all commercial, innovation and wealth creation objectives. Before joining the AHSN, Richard was Head of Commercial and International Innovation at NHS England. His role involved developing national programmes that maximise benefits to patients and the NHS, in addition to supporting UK economic growth agenda, by promoting and facilitating commercial opportunities, both domestically and internationally. Richard created the NHS Innovation Challenge Prizes at the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement, a role that involved improving the culture of innovation in NHS organisations. He was a core member of the NHS National Leadership Council and has previous acute and commissioning senior management experience. Richard has recently been appointed a member of the NHS Assembly - a national forum to help shape the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan. He is also an advisory board member of Sheffield’s Advanced Wellness Research Centre, established to develop innovations that will improve population health and physical activity levels. Richard is a founding member of the recently established BME Leadership Network. Launched by the NHS Confederation, this is a network for NHS leaders from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. He is also an alumni of the NHS Top Leaders and non-executive director of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership. Richard is also a non-executive director of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Leadership Fellow of St George’s House, Windsor Castle. Richard is also a trustee of Maltby Learning Trust, a multi-academy trust of secondary and primary schools.