Richard is based in County Down, Northern Ireland and has over 20 years of experience in education. He has been a class teacher, vice principal, primary field officer and principal. His first experience of coach training was while on secondment as a primary field officer with the local education authority (2007-2009). Since then, Richard has been passionate about applying a coaching approach to his leadership role as principal of three very different primary schools over a twelve year period.
In 2019 Richard decided to start the process of moving out of full-time headship with a view to moving into full-time coaching and training and having completed further qualifications in coaching he stepped out of headship completely in 2022.
In 2020 Richard started his own podcast ‘HeadRoom – Curious Conversations for Leaders in Education’ with the intention of raising the profile of coaching in education within Northern Ireland. After a series of very successful ‘HeadRoom’ interviews Richard was asked in 2021 to take over hosting and producing GCI’s Coaching in Education podcast. Since then he has produced some fascinating ‘stories from the field’ to inspire and motivate listeners from around the globe.
During 2022 Richard completed the GCI ‘Coach Accreditation Programme’ and now as a GCI Senior Consultant, is currently developing a GCI training presence in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. He has a real passion to see coaching cultures start to emerge and become embedded in schools across the length and breadth of Ireland.
When he’s not coaching Richard is developing his passion for photography and shooting video.