A successful author, his autobiography Thrust: The Remarkable Story of One Man’s Quest for Speed was published in 1998. Book sold 59,000 copies in hardback.
Richard’s passion is in delivering high-risk ventures and translating his experiences into key management lessons resulting in over 750 corporate presentations worldwide.
A lifelong interest in speed and engineering, his work has scaled all aspects with projects completed in air, marine and his best known, on land. This continues today following many years developing the Bloodhound programme.
Bloodhound LSR is a UK-based project formed by Richard in 2008 aiming to break the world land speed record using the most advanced straight-line racing car ever built.
Richard is a first-class communicator and passionate about British engineering. He used the Bloodhound programme to advance engineering education in the UK.
In 2018 becoming the largest STEM programme in the UK – engaging with 2,000,000 schoolchildren worldwide.
In 1983 Richard was awarded the OBE for services to Motor Sport.
- Leadership & Management
- Team Building
- Science & Technology
Awards Officer of the British Empire conferred by HM QueenRAC Diamond Jubilee Trophy- twiceSir Henry Segrave Trophy and medalDewar Trophy – sharedDriver of the Year 1983John Cobb TrophyBonneville USA 400mph club Honorary Life MemberRAC Club Honorary Life MemberBRDC Honorary Life MemberHon Fellow Association of Project ManagersPatron Motor Neurone Disease Association
University Central England, Portsmouth University, Coventry University, University of West of England, Brighton University and Bradford University