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Richard has worked as a Senior Lecturer at the University for approximately ten years teaching Supply Chain Management and Retail Logistics to the degree and Masters students. He is the Course Leader for the MSc Global Supply Chain Management qualification.
He has also managed a distance learning course targeted at operations and project managers within major supply chain companies. He wrote the teaching manuals for this which have been used in a variety of colleges across the country and has designed specialist training courses aligned to specific company requirements. A Merit award was achieved within the University in recognition of this contribution.
Before joining the University Richard worked in a variety of major companies within industry for thirteen years. These roles included the Logistics Projects Manager for Hallmark Holdings, Operations Manager for Argos Plc. and different consultancy projects. He firmly believes that industrial experience is essential to support teaching this applied subject and develop transferable skills.
He has completed a PhD on the use of inventory optimisation packages within industry. This work has involved close collaboration with software designers and users of these packages. Other specialist qualifications include a Master’s degree in Industrial Logistics for which he received the Faculty Prize for best overall performance and a BSc (Hons) degree in Distribution Management. These studies included all aspects of supply chain management ranging from product design and manufacturing to the delivery of finished products.
Research Expertise and Interests
- Supply Chain Management structures
- Operations Management
- Inventory system applications
- Industrial engineering supporting warehouse design etc.
- Developments of retailer strategies e.g. impact of smaller store formats and the growth of e-retailing on their distribution operations