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Richard Hitchcock

Director of Programmes & Support Services

Richard joined The Kirkwood as Director of Programmes and Support Services in April 2021. Prior to joining us, Richard ran his own management consultancy business for five years. Here, here his focus was working with businesses and third sector organisations to manage strategic change and develop business improvement programmes. During this period, Richard was also a tutor in operations and supply chain management at Leeds Beckett Business School.

Prior to running his own business, Richard spent over 25 years in a variety of senior positions in the drinks industry. His roles covered everything from internal business improvement through to sales and marketing. He worked with the biggest beer brands in the UK before becoming Operations and Marketing Director at one of the UK’s largest wine importers and distributors. His love of beer and wine has continued unabated!

Richard’s passion is helping organisations to become more focused and effective and make key change happen rather than just talking about it. Managing projects and improving business processes isn’t for everyone, but it’s a crucial aspect of developing organisations and is what drives Richard. In a varied career, Richard has also worked across local government, mail order, national retail, and specialist textiles.

Richard currently lives in Calderdale and is a long-time (long-suffering?) Huddersfield Town fan. His early visits to Leeds Road were with his grandma, where they reached the ground by walking from Waterloo, passing through Dalton along the way. 

Richard is also an avid music fan, regularly seen at gigs around West Yorkshire and playing in a band in the dim and distant past. Reading, walking, current affairs, animal welfare, and food and drink top his other interests, but nothing beats spending time with his family, especially on holiday.

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