Sir Richard, who has had a successful and distinguished career in government and education, joined MI6 in 1966 undertaking various overseas postings. He was appointed Director of Personnel and Administration in 1993, going on to become Director of Operations in 1994, before being promoted to Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service in 1999. He retired from the Service in 2004.
Sir Richard was the Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge from 2004 – 2015 and also served as a Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge between 2005 and 2010.
He is also Chairman of Ascot Underwriting at Lloyd’s of London and a Director of Kosmos Energy, a trustee of Kent School Connecticut and is a senior adviser to several international companies including AIG and an Honorary Fellow of Queens’ College Cambridge.