As part of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Corporate Management Team, Richard leads a diverse Directorate with a portfolio of services that includes Highways, Transport, Planning, Housing, Economic Growth and Business Investment. Richard is a Chartered Civil Engineer whose early career focused on highway and major civil engineering projects but naturally as his career has progressed his operating sphere has very much diversified beyond that now. He was born and grew up in Stockton and has been fortunate to be involved in many of the large and small scale civil engineering projects in his home town, working first for the former Cleveland County Council and since 1996, for Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council. Stockton-on-Tees is also part of the Tees Valley Combined Authority and Richard has a role on the management group of the Combined Authority and Chairs the Transport Advisory Group into the Mayoral Combined Authority Cabinet. Richard’s current focus is working on the transformation of the Borough’s six towns with a centrepiece regeneration of Stockton High Street and leading a £200M investment programme across the Borough which featured on BBC1’s Panorama programme on 13 January 2020. Richard is a keen cyclist and is also a qualified Pilot (with both European and US licences) and with two grown up children at University enjoys his spare time travelling with his wife.