Richard graduated from the University of Aston in 1990 and joined the BP graduate commercial development program. Following a two year multi-discipline training program Richard specialised in crude and then fuel oil trading rising quickly to senior trader and book leader. Richard’s trading career spanned 25 years and involved exposure to Far Eastern, European and US crude, LPG and fuel oil markets trading from locations in London, Belgium and more recently ten years in the United States. On his return to the UK in 2014 Richard continued to work for the oil major BP on the business development of a variety of high level trading and supply related projects, including a major cost restructuring of a global products trading business and investigative pre-merger negotiations. Throughout his career Richard has had broad experience in the learning and development side of the energy trading business, firstly attending a variety of in house training programs and latterly assisting in the teaching and individual assessment of up and coming commercial talent.