McDonald’s Restaurants UK Ltd pioneered the use of modular construction techniques for their edge of town retail outlets. Richard started with McDonald’s as project manager on Restaurant 50 progressing to senior PM and establishing the first Regional Office in Birmingham. He became Construction Manager for National Development Program and Co-Chair of UK Development Strategy. Ultimately he became Vice-President/ Construction Director responsible for Construction Project Management, Architecture, Design and Equipment.
Richard was Chairman of European Construction Team and Member of European Development Board as well as Director of Advanced Building Systems (USA). He was recognised with the International Award of Excellence in 1990 and the Poucher Award in 1994.
Richard spent a lot of his private life encouraging others to look at offsite techniques for themselves. He enjoys working with other like-minded people, sharing opportunities for best practice. He was a founder member of the Construction Round Table and member of the Movement for Innovation (M4I).
Since moving on from McDonalds’s in 2003, Richard has been an independent consultant, working for a number of organisations:
- Simons Group Ltd – consultant to the construction and development businesses.
- acumen 7 – A network of independent consultants, working for Blue Chip and Plc companies in all aspects of construction and development, including change-management; business development; off-site manufacturing across retail, industrial and government sectors.
- DfeS – Member of the working group of Building Schools for the Future. Responsible for defining how the new schools programme will develop in 2005 – 2015. Expenditure set at £5b per annum. This will evolve using procurement from both private and public sectors.
- Buildoffsite – Chairman of industry led group to encourage use of offsite construction in both Public and Private sectors.
Awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2010.