Richard joined Acre in October 2011 as a Non-Exec Director prior to becoming the Chief Executive in April 2012. He works very closely with the founder, Andrew Cartland, ensuring that Acre's growth is maximised as the business takes full advantage of the rapid growth in sustainability around the globe. Richard established his reputation by building the mid-market professional recruitment consultancy Martin Ward Anderson from £1m revenues in 1995 into a £40m business employing 225 people in 2006, when he successfully led the sale of the business to Randstad, the world's 2nd largest staffing organisation. Richard remained with the business until late 2009 overseeing all of the post deal integration. Between 2010 and 2012 Richard was one of four Board members of the Cornhill Partnership (a Barclays Ventures backed recruitment group), as well as CEO of one of the Group companies, Archer Mathieson. During this time Richard executed a rapid turnaround in Archer Mathieson culminating in a merger with its sister company BIE, creating the BIE Group.