Richard is a sports economist and an Associate Research Fellow at London University, Birkbeck specialising in football finance. After graduating with a BA in Economics from the University of York and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, he worked for four years as a professional economist for the management consultancy of Coopers & Lybrand before a career with multi-national organisations in the IT industry where he also become a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA). Richard then specialised in strategic marketing, working with national subsidiary management teams in Europe and South Africa, prior to moving into sales roles and, for ten years, leading pan-European corporate sales teams. In 2012 he returned to academic study, and to his passion for both economics and football, with his PhD at Birkbeck and has produced several papers relating to the financial regulation of football. Richard is also a tutor for post-graduate strategic management at Birkbeck.