U+I , Deputy Chief Executive
Richard is a creative entrepreneur and patron of the arts, who is passionate about quality of place, architecture, heritage and provenance.
A keen proponent of sensitive regeneration, he recently fought and co-funded the campaign to save Smithfield Market in London from demolition.
An Honours Graduate of Reading University’s Land Management (Development and Planning Specialism), Richard has established, built and sold four property investment and professional companies in the past two decades. He has initiated and developed more than 6 million square feet of mixed-use development in his career, to date.
Pioneering Mount Anvil in 1991 – one of London’s leading house builders – he delivered 5,000 student bedrooms and regenerated award-wining social housing projects throughout London and the south east.
In 1998 Richard co-founded Cathedral Healthcare, a specialist development and investment company, growing the business into a leading developer of primary healthcare facilities. He sold this company to Primary Healthcare Properties in 2005.
Richard co-founded Cathedral Group PLC in 1998 and nurtured the company to become a market- leader in public-private partnership developments, building a pipeline of over £2bn. In May 2014, Cathedral merged with Development Securities, which ultimately became U+I in November 2015. U+I is a FTSE listed public company with a development pipeline of £6bn.
Together with U+I’s Chief Executive Matthew Weiner, Richard is a driving force behind the strategic direction of the company, whose vision is to create huge, long-lasting social and economic change for communities and sustainable value for shareholders.
On 1st January 2018 the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport appointed Richard as a Commissioner for Historic England.