Founding Director and Affordable Housing Specialist, Richard leads on viability and complex, strategic negotiations. He relishes the knotty process of imposing order on complexity.
Richard ‘s experience of implementing, financing and co-ordinating the provision of affordable housing initiatives facilitates his role in leading affordable housing negotiations across a number of large, strategic sites, together with presenting professional evidence at public inquiries where required. This work has included successful presentation of viability evidence to Public Inquiries involving the complex modelling of housing led projects with significant infrastructure commitments.
Before establishing BVA, Richard joined affordable housing consultancy Levvel in 2004, becoming Managing Director there, after working as Senior Project and Development Manager with Anchor Trust, a large specialist housing association that provided housing and care services for older people across England. Richard was responsible for the delivery of over 1,100 units of specialist elderly accommodation through two Government sponsored, Private Finance Initiatives. He has also worked for a national house builder developing schemes across the South West of England and for the UK National Health Service in developing specialist community based services for people with learning difficulties.
Richard has also put his experience into practice in consulting with a Middle East sovereign state on the development of affordable housing policies and strategies to ensure provision of housing for middle income groups.
Richard has a degree in Building Surveying, an MBA in Construction and Real Estate and he also holds an RICS Diploma in Project Management. He also acts as an external examiner to the University College of Estate Management.