Richard has been head of the UK’s Office of Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV) since 2012. OLEV is a cross-Government team comprising people and funding from the Departments for Transport (DfT); Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS); and Energy and Climate Change (DECC). OLEV's role is to support the early market for ultra low emission vehicles, maximising the benefits from this transition for the UK economy and taking forward the Government’s policy of reducing transport emissions to address concerns over carbon, air quality and energy security. OLEV was responsible for around £400m of Government expenditure up to 2015 and has been allocated a further £500m for the 2015-20 period.
Prior to his role at OLEV Richard held various roles in the UK Senior Civil Service including DfT's head of Corporate Governance, leading on smart and integrated ticketing; and as Director of Regional Resilience.
Before joining the civil service he worked at Unilever and at Andersen Consulting. Richard has BA in Industrial Economics and MPhil in the economics of motor vehicle pollution from the University Of Nottingham. Richard is married with two children and lives in London. He gets around by bicycle, Nissan Leaf and campervan.