Richard has spent the last 23 years specialising in planning infrastructure necessary for achieving planning permission of development projects, and assisting developers to win permission, and then, wherever possible, assisting those developers on the design and implementation of the developments. Richard is a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Water and Environmental Manager status, plus has Fellowship of ICE and CIHT and membership of CIWEM.
Richard began his career at Scunthorpe Borough Council in 1972, working of all types of infrastructure projects including major highways and drainage plus regeneration projects. After ten years at Scunthorpe, he moved to Glanford Borough Council where he spent four years running their sewerage agency work/team.
Following local government Richard joined Atkins and built a department undertaking development planning and infrastructure design primarily for private developers. After almost six very successful years at Atkins, he was asked to set up an office for JMP Consultants. From 1993 to 2009, he built an operation that peaked at about 75 staff. The business began as development planning and infrastructure design for developers, but branched out into working for the public sector, most notably the Highways Agency, acting as ‘game-keeper’ as well as ‘poacher’. Richard has undertaken many Expert Witness projects, and really enjoys the buzz of developing a case and giving evidence.
At the beginning of 2010, Richard set up IPaD that has now grown to five permanent staff. Richard wanted to return to his roots of development planning and infrastructure design. His biggest thrills are gained from winning major planning permissions for developer clients. The largest development where this has been achieved under the IPaD banner is Drakelow Park, which comprises 2,239 residential dwellings and 50,000 square metres of employment.