Richard has over 25 years experience in applying frameworks, analysing problems and finding solutions as well as managing stakeholders in senior policy and economic analysis roles in the private and public sectors. His key skills are staff management, economic analysis (including risk economics associated with natural hazards), policy development and implementation, review and development of business cases, cost–benefit analysis and programme management.
A fifth generation Southlander, Richard began his career in Auckland in the banking sector before seeing the light and moving to Wellington for policy and economic analysis roles at the Ministry of Commerce (now MBIE) and NZ Treasury. A stint in Telecom and NZ Post followed where Richard applied his economic and policy skills to investment analysis and reviewing business cases for executives and board members. This period also included business planning and strategic analysis and programme management roles.
In 2004 Richard began to work as a self-employed policy and economic consultant and contractor. Over the next 13 years he had assignments with organisations such as the Commerce Commission, NZTE, Department of Building and Housing, OSPRI, NZ Post, LGNZ and EQC including EQC funded engagements with NZ Treasury and DPMC.
Richard joined Gravelroad Consulting to leverage, his own experience and combine his knowledge and skills with the expertise that Gravelroad has developed, particularly in the area of natural hazards, risk economics and business case development.
Richard lives on the Kapiti Coast and enjoys walking and jogging (slowly) along the beach, swimming in summer and having road trips with his family, particularly in the South Island.