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Who is Richard Lord?

Richard Lord
Richard Lord

Richard Lord is described as being innovative and influential, capable and thoughtful, approachable, enthusiastic and supportive. He is a leader who enjoys being driven by a purpose, believing in what he is doing, encouraging others to achieve and to be part of improvements – be it for customers, processes or products.

‘innovative and influential, capable and thoughtful, approachable, enthusiastic and supportive’

Richard is a blogger living in Pontefract, West Yorkshire – a northern market town to the South East of Leeds in England. Previously Richard has lived in Wakefield, Wolverhampton and Liverpool. He is a multi-distance runner, business manager, former rugby league player/coach/manager, charity fundraiser and social commentator.

Running

Richard Lord enjoys running and being part of the local running community. Richard has completed over 100 races between 2013 and 2018, including FOUR full marathons, 24 half marathons (competing in four different countries), a duathlon and a sprint triathlon. Richard is currently looking forward to training for his fifth full marathon which will be in Spring 2019.

Richard’s style of running is one where his personality and charisma comes through in his hobby. Richard embodies the belief that running is for all people. He uses the phrase #smilesthroughthemiles and is regularly seen encouraging other runners as well as enjoying his running himself.

He believes in this statement:

running isn’t all about GETTING a good time but should be about HAVING a good time

Richard Lord has ran the Great North Run twice for Oxfam
Richard Lord has ran the Great North Run twice for Oxfam

Blogging

Richard Lord’s passion for blogging and writing has developed since he started writing in 2014 about his experiences starting running. He then went on to write about lots of other topics. He has a thoughtful style of writing, where he doesn’t look to offend, but considers different viewpoints in his articles. Richard has had several articles about running published in magazines (see Published Works) and his first e-book is available to buy from Amazon.

Good Lord! An article in Run ABC North about Richard Lord's e-book
Good Lord! An article in Run ABC North about Richard Lord’s e-book

Management

Richard Lord MCMI AMBCS is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI) and an Associate Member of the British Computer Society (AMBCS).

He has worked in project management and business management for over 14 years in healthcare – 7 years for a national NHS organisation as a Business Support Manager in Leeds and 7 years for a not-for-profit Out of Hours GP co-operative in Wolverhampton.

Richard is a Prince 2 qualified Project Manager as well as having qualifications in Agile and Scrum, ITIL Service Management, Business Analysis, Coaching skills and has trained in how to manage extremely difficult staff in the workplace. In the past, Richard has also worked in the private sector in several Internal Sales roles and started his working life working for Royal Mail for 7 years.

Charity Work

Richard has raised over £2500 for charities through these sporting events between 2013 and 2018. He has raised funds for OxfamLaila Milly Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Society.

A kind anonymous comment left on one of Richard Lord's fundraising pages
A kind anonymous comment left on one of Richard Lord’s fundraising pages

Website Building

Richard enjoys running his own website, and has ran other websites for community groups and small businesses in the past. Since the late 1990’s. Richard has built a number of sites in WordPress, Joomla, Shopify, SquareSpace, Wix as well as previously in Dreamweaver. He builds mostly in WordPress nowadays as it meets all his design and build requirements and he feels it has the best support infrastructure in place for him.

Richard is keen for others to get the very best out of using internet technologies and to show where improvements can be made and hopefully improve the user experience for their customers. He says that getting a fresh pair of eyes to look at a problem really helps.

He has helped out numerous businesses with advice and guidance on their sites, usage of social media, developing digital marketing strategies, and has assisted by providing proofreading advice for several organisations.

Rugby League

Richard is a former Rugby League player, coach and manager – more successful OFF the pitch than ON it though as he says! He is the first to say that he can read the game well, but playing it is a different story altogether when you are getting knocked over all the time!

Richard was involved with a number of sides in Wolverhampton and later in West Yorkshire.

  • Wolverhampton Wizards RLFC – 2004-06 – Media Manager, then Club Manager
  • Wolverhampton Warlords RLFC – 2007-10 – Joint Founder, Player/Assistant Coach/Manager, before arranging merger into Wolverhampton RLFC
  • Wolverhampton RLFC – 2010 – Joint Founder, Interim Manager at set-up stage
  • Wakefield CRL (Community Rugby League Touch Rugby and Tag Rugby) – 2010-11 – Player/Coach/Manager (before renaming as Featherstone Rovers TNT)
  • Featherstone Rovers TNT (Touch N Tag) – 2011-12 – Joint Founder, Player/Coach/Manager
Looking for new players
An article recruiting new players

He is a qualified Rugby League referee and was a qualified coach prior to his retirement from the sport in 2012.

As Media Manager for the Wizards and Warlords clubs, Richard was regularly providing press releases to the local media outlets and was interviewed regularly on local radio stations about the progress the club was making and providing match reports. He also secured interviews with prominent people in the sport for matchday programmes too, which were met with praise from across the Rugby League community.

Richard Lord was presented with a national award from the sport’s governing body – Pioneer of the Year – for his recruitment approach as manager of a Rugby League club outside of the traditional heartland areas when he was managing Wolverhampton Warlords. He was also invited to a Mayoral Reception for his Contribution to Sport in the City of Wolverhampton having recruited over 100 new players in the area in just over two years.

It was also through Richard’s negotiations with the local council that the first ever council-provided Rugby League pitch in the Midlands was built. He went on to be player/coach/manager for several touch rugby and tag rugby teams in West Yorkshire after relocating, again collecting more silverware along the way with each of those teams.

Richard Lord's Rugby League trophies
Richard Lord’s Rugby League trophies