Richard retired as Director-General
(DG) of finance, commercial and the NHS directorate at the Department of Health
in April 2015. He was responsible for ensuring
that the department properly managed its finances and those of the health
service and accounted to parliament. Richard
oversaw one of the biggest and most complex accounts consolidations in the
world, covering about 700 separate organisations, accounting for almost 7% of
UK GDP. He also had primary responsibility
for NHS policy and the government’s relationship with the NHS. He was the department's sponsor for a number
of national arm’s-length bodies, including NHS England, Monitor and the NHS
Trust Development Authority.
Richard was the longest
standing Finance Director General in central government and was a Department of Health board member since 2001 and from April 2011 to May 2014, he was the Head of the
Government Finance Profession (HM Treasury appointment).
Richard started his finance career with the National Audit Office and this is his third spell with Department of Health. Immediately prior to his return in 2001, he was Finance Director for National Savings & Investments (April 1999 to April 2001).
Richard is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.