Since early 2003, Richard has managed his public affairs consultancy, Communications and Campaigns International, which specialises in environmental and social issues.
This includes three periods as interim Media and Audio-visual Director at Amnesty International's International Secretariat and coordinating the media messaging for the organisation’s annual report each year since 2004; media relations on the Disaster Emergency Committee’s Indian Ocean tsunami appeal, which raised over UK£392 million; and major projects for UNICEF, Red Cross and World Health Organization.
He has written articles for leading newspapers around the world, including the New York Times / International Herald Tribune (USA), Guardian (UK), El Pais (Spain), Washington Times (USA), Jakarta Post (Indonesia), La Libre (Belgium), L’orient-Le Jour (Lebanon), Hindustan Times (India), Il Sore 24 Ore (Italy) and Libération (Morocco). He has also written for major news websites such as GlobalPost and Inter Press Service.
Richard is former Director of Communications at Amnesty International UK (2001-2003). Part of the senior management team, he ran a department of over 30 people responsible for media, public information, website and publishing. He was previously Amnesty UK's Head of Press (1997-2001) and Press Officer (1991-1997) at both Amnesty's UK and International Secretariat offices in London.
He regularly featured in international and national media, giving hundreds of print and broadcast interviews, from BBC 2's Newsnight to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He managed liaison with numerous television series and documentaries, including the BBC series 'Prisoners of Conscience' and 'Human Rights, Human Wrongs'. He led media activity on issues from the groundbreaking Pinochet case to international crises including Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Iraq.
Some highlights of his time at Amnesty International:
Between 1984-1991, Richard worked as journalist and news editor on a range of newspapers and magazines. He continues to work as a freelance journalist.
He has served on the national council of Amnesty International UK (1991-1993), and the board of International Broadcasting Trust (1993-1996), a partnership of over 70 non-governmental organisations producing television programmes on human rights, the environment and development.
Richard also runs award-winning Little Green Space. Since 2008, this environmental project has – through its own work and by inspiring others – been creating a network of healthy spaces to benefit people, wildlife and the environment, and encouraging sustainable living. The project regularly features in national and regional media.