Richard is an internationally recognised participation expert, and is passionate about improving our understanding of society, technology and change. Connect: TwitterLinkedInGuardian articles.

Richard is currently: a UN adviser working for the UNDP in Turkey, a senior adviser to the EC’s Digital Agenda programme, leads the Digital Organising element of the UK Governments Community Organising Programme, is a 2012 Clore Social Fellow and is the director of izwe.

He also writes for The Guardian

In 2004 Richard founded the Involve Foundation, where he was the director until 2009. Since then he has been the director of Izwe, a social technology company which better connects people and institutions.

Richard was heavily involved in shaping the Labour governments policy on empowerment and user involvement. More recently he has worked with the Coalition government on the Big Society, see ‘Civic Limits’ published by NESTA & ResPublica. He has held a number of government positions including, until 2008, being deputy chair of the UK Government science engagement programme: ScienceWise.

Recently he facilitated the largest conferences of the French and Swedish EU Presidencies; the Digital Agenda Assembly, Mobile World Congress and steered the public engagement element of the UNDP Copenhagen Climate Conference.


Richard leads the external facing elements of the business, specialising in communications, engagement, policy and practice. See our service areas: Social Media Delivery, Consultation & Engagement, Research & Evaluation, Policy & Practice, Event Delivery.

Quotes from my clients

“Richard has made a huge contribution to our thinking and practice. And his generosity with his time and expertise will always be appreciated.”
“Richard’s a truly great facilitator, balancing gravitas with a human touch. He demands your attention and takes you on often life changing journeys.”
“Richard has that rare gift of being able to balance a deep understanding of his subject – whilst always prioritising practical on the ground impact.”