Richard is a Partner Sponsor of KPMG UK’s African Caribbean Network, and worked with the firm’s managing partner to set up the Black Heritage Working Group, bringing together senior stakeholders to deliver a strategy to build on inclusion for Black Heritage colleagues, including reviewing project allocation processes and tailored exit interviews. Richard chairs the Race Diversity Board of Business in the Community, and has championed initiatives including the Race at Work Charter, which has been adopted by the UK Government, and collaborating with the government on Ethnicity Pay Gap reporting. He established the KPMG Black Leaders Network and mentors a vast range of professionals to build confidence and navigate progression. He is regularly invited to speak publicly on D&I topics.
Richard championed the creation of a KPMG Black Heritage (BH) Working Group, which brings together Black Heritage Partners, Head of People, Co-Head of Inclusion, Diversity and Social Equality and the Chair of the African Caribbean Network to track progress on targets, deliver specific actions to advance BH inclusion and provide challenge and critique to internal strategies and campaigns. The group has developed strategies to address BH recruitment shortfalls, including supporting and refreshing the firm’s Black Heritage Talent Insight Programme. They have also given input into the broader project happening across the firm, where the way in which project work is allocated is being reviewed. For the BH Working Group, the focus has been on ensuring that Black Heritage colleagues gain the broad experience required for progression. In 2018, KPMG tailored exit interviews to include a dedicated face-to-face meeting for Black Heritage colleagues to fully understand their reasons for resigning and minimise future attrition and Richard often personally meets with colleagues to overlay additional insights. As Partner Sponsor for the African Caribbean Network, Richard has hosted events to understand challenges faced and showcase a road map of how to succeed, and secured external speakers to inspire colleagues. Richard is Chair of the Race Diversity Board of Business in the Community, championing the creation of the Race at Work Charter; leading the consultation and socialisation of the five Charter focus areas via a series of events with CEOs of various businesses; and collaborating with the Government, BiTC and other businesses to encourage target-setting and ethnicity pay gap reporting. Richard set up the KPMG Black Leaders Network and mentors a wide range of individuals. He is regularly asked to speak at events on D&I.