Richard provides training and consultancy services in the areas of mental health awareness, conflict resolution and strategic HR, through both Byrne Dean, a workplace consultancy, and in collaboration with A Resilient Mind.
Richard’s professional background is as an employment lawyer. Training with city firm Gouldens, he became a partner in that firm, and then an equity partner in the global firm of Jones Day when the firms merged in 2003. In 2006 he joined Speechly Bircham where he headed the firm’s substantial employment practice and sat on the firm’s management committee. His clients included a broad range of city and international professional firms and corporates as well as senior executives.
Richard therefore brings with him a wealth of personal and advisory experience of the nature and demands of professional life. He has three teenage children and various older relatives and so also has first hand experience of balancing the demands of work and home.
In 2011 Richard experienced serious mental illness resulting in his hospitalisation for anxiety and depression. Based on this experience he became more interested in the human (as opposed to legal) aspects of his work.
He undertook a foundation course in psychotherapy and counselling at Regent’s College London and then joined Byrne Dean. He is accredited to deliver Mental Health First Aid training and, alongside this, has developed his own training material which he adapts to meet the needs and realities of different clients. He works with a range of well-known city and international organisations.
Richard is on the steering committee of the Lord Mayor’s campaign, This is Me in the City, which promotes the use of personal story telling as a means to reduce stigma around mental health. He writes extensively about mental health and wellbeing (he is a contributor to LexisNexis) and is often asked to speak at conferences and events. Richard is also currently undertaking professional coaching training.