Chief Executive of Ashton Paul Roberts, on behalf of the Board said Richard’s visionary leadership qualities and commitment would make him impossible to replace.

“Richard was chair of Ashton for the last two years and in that time his leadership, generosity and focused efforts with Ashton were exemplary. He was a true friend and advocate for North Belfast and we will greatly miss his support and guidance”

Richard was Managing Director of Stellar Leadership Ltd, a professional services firm based in Belfast.  He had an MSc in Executive Leadership and for the past 20 years worked as an advisor to boards and senior management teams in the areas of leadership development, strategic planning and governance. He recently joined the Board of the International Fund for Ireland. He was previously Chair of Belfast Metropolitan College, Audiences NI and Eastside Partnership.