IOD – National Sustainability Taskforce

Richard is the Founder and Managing Director of Crystal Doors, a Queen’s-Award-winning furniture manufacturer and a nationally recognised exemplar for sustainability in SMEs.

After educating himself on the climate emergency following a crisis at his factory in 2015, Richard took Crystal Doors from the brink of closure through a multi-award-winning sustainability transformation that has won plaudits nationwide.

Armed with his twin philosophies of ‘save money, save planet’ and ‘radical disruptive transparency’, Richard now devotes a significant portion of his time as a speaker, thought leader and motivator helping other business leaders with sustainability transformation. He has advisory roles with several leading business organisations, including the IoD, and is also passionate about the role of industrial digitalisation in the transition to net zero.

In 2022, Richard was named in Insider Magazine’s Green Power List and named Business Leader of the Year at the prestigious edie Sustainability Leaders Awards. He believes it is essential that leaders, as the wealthiest and most influential, recognise their own responsibilities, and he keeps his personal carbon footprint under four tonnes per year.