• Consultant, advisor, chair, lay partner, and representative -

    Lived experience as patient, carer, and care-coordinator -

    Interests: health system resilience, digital health engagement;

    Providing strategic input at intersection of health and technology,

    Assuring person-centred, technology-enabled coproduction.


    Axolotl Associates

    Managing Partner 2013- Present

    Primarily healthcare sector advisory and advocacy services on both paid and pro bono basis UK and EU Portfolio below:

    Advisory Board, Healthcare Transformation Academy 2021 - Present

    Providing on-demand education to healthcare professionals across Europe

    EIT Health Alumni Network 2021 - Present

    Multidisciplinary community of innovators building the future of healthcare

    EIT Expert Evaluator 2020 - Present
    Campus Call 2021 + Education Call 2022

    Lay Lead, Technology Appraisal Committee A 2018 – Present

    Lay Member, Public Information Programme Expert Panel 2020 – Present

    Lay Member, Equality Task and Finish Group 2020 - Present

    Lay Member, Stakeholder Insight Group 2019 – Present

    Public Member, HTA Prioritisation Panel (Hospital Based Care) 2018 - Present

    Co-Chair, NETSCC Patient and Public Involvement Reference Group 2020 - 2022

    Lay Expert, College of Experts, NIHR COVID-19call 2020 - 2022

    Evidence Reviewer, CED Centre for Engagement and Dissemination* 2017 - Present

    Public Reviewer, CCF Central Commissioning Facility 2017 - Present

    Patient Expert Board 2021 – Present

    Collaborative task force with patients to develop a Patient Engagement plan around the new research site from research process to architectural elements in the new site, accessibility, etc.

    NHS England & NHS Improvement NHSEI

    Past Chair, Patient and Public Voice Group 2017 - Present

    Clinical Review Panels, eg Moorfields (Project Oriel) Clinical Review

    Lived Experience Partner, Benefical Changes Network 2020 - Present

    Community of practice for sharing and learning on NHS Futures

    Council Member, Clinical Senate Council, London 2018 - 2021

    Independent, strategic advice and guidance to commissioners and other stakeholders

    Public Governor for Kensington and Chelsea 2017 - Present 

    Council of Governors - Elected 2017, re-elected 2020

    Member, Nominations and Remuneration Committee 2018 - Present



    Patient Representative 2022 - Present
    Multi-stakeholder initiatieve comprising policy makers, HTA bodies, regualtory agencies, clinicians, patient gorups, researcher, industry and academic experts.


    Advisory Group Member 2021 - Present

    Willingly giving patient data to help others, knowing that effective safeguards to maintain the confidentiality and anonymity of their data are applied consistently, transparently and rigorously.

    Patient and Citizen Involvement Group PCIG 2020 - Present
    Brings together patients and citizens, patient advocates, patient engagement consultants, clinicians, researchers (eg statisticians and economists), HTA agencies, government, industry and others.

    Patient Partner 2018 - Present

    Patient and family advisors helping to improve Canadian healthcare




    Medical Devices Regulations Group 2022- Present

    Patient Group Consultative Forum 2018 - Present

    Patient Engagement Strategy Reference Group 2020 - 2020

    Academy of Medical Royal Colleges AoMRC

    Academy Projects Patient Network 2022 - Present

    Clinical Trials for Rare Diseases Project 2022


    Patient Expert, Pool of Experts 2022 - Present 

    EU public-private partnership funding health research and innovation

    Successor to IMI Innovative Medicines Initiative


    Community Pioneer 2021 - Present

    Open, international, and diverse coproduction community


    NHS Innovation Accelerator NIA

    Interviewer,  NIA Fellowship 2018 - Present

    The Academic Health Science Networks Network, 15 AHSNs operating as the key innovation arm of the NHS 

    European Patient Expert  2018- Present

    Initially UK Patient Expert now European Patient Expert


    Lay Panelist: 2017 - Present

    Neuroscience Panel, BRC Biomedical Research Centre

    Patient and Public Panel, UCLH


    Mental Health First Aider 2018 - Present
    Our vision is to improve the mental health of the nation .
    This has never before been needed so much.





    Prioritisation Committee 2020-2021

    COVID-19 Evidence Network for Supporting Decision-making McMaster Health Forum, Canada

    Member, Involvement Leads Network 2017 - 2022


    Academic Health Science Network - NHS, academia, local authorities, third sector, and industry: facilitate change to improve outcomes for patients.


     Facilitator 2021 - 2021

    Primary Care Digital Health Evidence Pitching Event

    DigitalHealth.London Accelerator Programme


    Allied Health Professionals into Action

    Citizen Member, AHPiA Programme Board 2018 – 2022

    Allied Health Professionals into Action Programme

    AHP Digital Health Forum 2020 - 2022


    Oversight Group Member, Public Dialogue on Data for Public Benefit2020 – 2021

    Assess public attitudes on use and dissemination of healthcare data to researchers and scientists in public and private companies

    Remote Credentialing Task and Finish Group 2020 - 2021

    Remote Credentialing Task and Finish Group

    Patient Reference Group 2021 - 2021
    Development and implementation of the Government’s response to the IMMDS Review - Challenge, Advice and Scrutiny to the Government’s response to the Review.

    Member, Kensington and Chelsea Committee 2019 - 2021

    Central West London Branch, Healthwatch 2017 - Present

    Patient and Public Advisory Group 2018 – 2022

    O Negative First Responder 2017- Present


    Public Member, NHSx National Data Collaborative 2019 - 2021

    National Data Collaborative for Health and Social Care

    + Information Governance IG Working Group


    Patient and Stakeholder Group 2020 - 2021

    Federation of 34 General Practices in Westminster caring for more than 246,000 registered patients.

    Patient Expert, Pool of Experts 2019 - 2022

    World's biggest public-private partnership in the life sciences

    Moved to IHI Innovative Health Initiative

    Patient and Public Advisory Group 2018 - 2022


    Patient and Carer Network PCN 2017 – 2021

    Patient Involvement Unit, Network of volunteers who support and shape the work of the RCP

    Lay Partner:

    Digital Patient Reference Group 2017 - 2022

    Medical Curriculum Review Group  2018 - 2020

    Strategic Lay Forum 2016 – 2020

    Participant/Facilitator/Speaker 2017 - 2020

    Training: Systems Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion, Digital Leadership, Capitol People, Artificial Intelligence, Effective Lay Partner

    JDR Champion 2017 - 2020

    LEARN to help people Join Dementia Research


    Dementia Friends Champion, Alzheimers Society

    Lay Representative: 2017 - 2020

    Value Added Quality Council

    Patient Experience Coordinating Committee

    Chair, Patient Participation Group PPG  2011 - 2021

    Belgrave Medical Centre, Westminster. GP Partnership dissolved in 2021


    Zoological Society of London + FZS

    Vice President, Trustee and Council Member 2003 – 2013

    Also Finance + Remuneration + Strategy committees


    Royal Institution of Great Britain + FRI

    Trustee and Council Member 2005 – 2011

    Also Audit (Chair) + Nomination committees

    Royal United Services Institute + FRUSI

    Trustee and Council Member 2007 – 2010

    Also Executive + Finance committees


    Consultant + FAC + FRSA + FLS

    Independent Policy Advisor 1998 - 2013

    European/American security and conservation policy

    [Also Partner at DA Ventures]


    French Armed Forces

    Military Liaison Officer MLO 1981 - Present

    Attachments/secondments on five continents

    [including two years at NY Investment Bank]


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    Health Policy

    Change Management

    Strategic Planning


    Financial Analysis


    Patient/Public Perspectives

    Technology Uptake


    Lay Fellow + Council Member 2018 - Present

    Medicine and Society Council

    Training Fellow 2019 - 2021

    Blended education on Medicines Development

    Activities: Including two week-long periods in Madrid

    Participant/Facilitator/Speaker 2017 - 2020
    Training: Systems Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion, Digital Leadership, Capitol People, Artificial Intelligence, Effective Lay Partner

    Fellow 2017 - 2018

    Improvement Leader Fellowship

    Activities: Applied Improvement science, Collaborative Learning Events

    PGC (Distinction) European American Security 1996 - 1998

    Activities: Schloss Hofen, Österreich, Chateau de Klingenthal, Alsace

    PhD programme Psychology 1994 - 1998.

    "Decision-making under stress in conditions of risk and uncertainty". Thesis not submitted after TBI, also Teaching Assistant/Demonstrator


    President: Birkbeck Students Union BCL, Deputy-President: University of London Union ULU, Board Member: London Nightline

    BSc (Hons) Psychology 1991 - 1994

    Evening degree, also WPF Diploma in Counselling
    Activities: Birkbeck College Governor + London University Senator

    PGCE course Business Studies 1988 - 1989

    Teaching A level Economics and Business Studies

    Activities: Diversity and equality groups , also p/t/MLO

    MA course War Studies 1985 - 1987

    Dissertation: "Warfare as driver of technology", also p/t MLO

    Activities: Instructor, college sub-aqua club

    BSc (Econ) (Hons) Accounting and Financial Management 1981 - 1983

    On scholarship, also p/t service as MLO

    Activities: Oxford University Officers Training Corps

    Diploma (Legal Studies)  

    First Assas (Paris II) then via correspondence Panthéon (Paris I).

    Activities: Scuba-diving club, (+ paralegal for Ashurst Morris Crisp on IBM's EC Antitrust Case Rebuttal 1981), also p/t Military Training



    Dr Simone Botti

    CEO at Metabomed Ltd

    While working with Richard on a project for the RI, I was exposed to his depth of knowledge and experience in an exceptionally broad range of disciplines, and to his selfless commitment to issues and projects that he championed. Since then I have been looking for other opportunities to work with Richard again.

    Dr Marc Fehlmann

    Director, Basel Historical Museum

    Richard is an extremely astute strategic and financial adviser. He has been highly committed to the arts and their funding. We were most impressed with his ability to draw on his varied connections in multiple networks to consistently achieve excellent results. Richard is a highly cultivated and most charming individual and patron. I recommend him fully - without reservation

    John Norton Esq

    Lay Partner at North West London Lay Partner Group

    Richard who I have now worked with long enough to appreciate his talents brings enormous value to any activity which is fortunate enough to have his input. He is already involved with a considerable number of important health oriented institutions and groups. I know that anybody who is looking for a person dedicated to the interests of the individual patient would be wise to have Richard by their side.

    Vice Admiral Sir Jeremy Blackham

    Consultant to Airbus Helicopters and Airbus UK

    I worked with Richard as a fellow Trustee at the RUSI for several years. I found him to be an excellent colleague, with very good judgement and insight as well as deep knowledge of the financial and governance issues involved in trusteeship. He is very clear and articulate and is prepared to take on difficult issues with both courage and common sense. I enjoyed working with him and respected and trusted him totally.

    Rachel Mathews

    Programme Manager at National Voices

    I worked with Richard while I was leading the Patient and Public Involvement Theme in a National Institute for Health Research funded project. I enjoyed working with him and Richard is a thoughtful and reflective person who brings personal and professional experience and insight to his roles. Richard is confident working with people from different backgrounds and is respectful and curious in his approach. He cares about the quality of healthcare and is interested in scientific developments. I'd be happy to work with him again!

    Stephen Kingsley Esq

    Partner at Keystone Law

    I have known and worked with for some eight years. Richard was a valued member of the Council of the Chelsea Society, where his deep and varied knowledge was greatly appreciated.

    Dr Gwynneth Flower

    Past: Hon Treasurer, Royal Institution, Chair, National Meteorological Programme

    I have known Richard for more than 10 years and have always held him in high regard. He is an astute and very capable business manager with wide ranging contacts and equivalent experience. He works well in every situation in which I have observed and can get on well with all types of people. His commercial experience is extensive and I value his views and contributions to business development.

    Dr Martin Cooke

    Head of Corporate Engagement at World Animal Protection

    I have worked closely with Richard on ZSL Council and in the Finance and General Purposes Committee. Richard is insightful and determined, a source of clear and well reasoned advice.

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