Richard has over 20 years of specialised government relations experience in Brussels across the enterprise, sustainability and financial services sector working in partnership with the European Institutions. Richard is Managing Director of Cultivate Partners, a Brussels based consultancy with global coverage. He is currently a member of the Business 20 (B20) Indonesia Taskforce on sustainability. This is the official G20 dialogue forum with the business community.
“ Reward Value provides an essential role in reinforcing the connection between performance, corporate decision makers, investors and societal stakeholders supporting the drive towards effective remuneration policies linked to reducing short termism and focusing on social purpose”
Previously Richard was the EU Public Policy Lead of the World Benchmarking Alliance, a global non-profit bringing together investors, NGOs, business platforms and standards bodies to develop free and publicly available benchmarks that rank companies on their contribution to the SDGs. Through this work Richard engaged with European and multilateral partners at the highest level (including governments and the UN) to advocate for the full integration of financial and sustainability disclosure in company reporting to shape the direction of European Sustainability Reporting Standards. During this time he was appointed to the UN Financing for Development Sub-group on Sustainability and Climate Action to support work on how the SDGs ccould inform the jurisdictional, regional and global dimensions of sustainability disclosure.
In a career spanning positions within UK government, global nonprofits and the private sector, Richard has managed a number of high profile European projects and policy initiatives, building strong relationships with EU institutions, the research community and industry partners. Richard established the European Enterprise Platform, a public private partnership, supported by the former EU Commissioner for Regional Development. He also founded and Chaired the Environmental Platform of Regional Offices – a pan European Environment Network – which became the official interlocutor to DG Environment for over 300 European regions and other sectoral partners including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).