Occupation: In my ‘day job’ I work as a Business Support Manager for a national NHS organisation.
How long have you been writing? Only since 2014 when I started writing about my experiences starting running.
Have you been published? I have had several articles published in magazines (see Published Works) and I have my first ebook available to buy from Amazon.
You enjoy building websites too? Since the late 1990’s. I have built sites in WordPress, Joomla, Shopify, SquareSpace, Wix as well as in Dreamweaver. I build mostly in WordPress nowadays as it meets all my design and build requirements and has the best support infrastructure in place for me. I am 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. Getting a fresh pair of eyes to look at a problem really helps.
What is the history of this site?
In 2014 – I started a blog called Run Rich Run documenting my running
In 2015 – I was blogging about other subjects too at my Rich Lord blog
In 2018 – I amalgamated everything under one roof here at Richard Lord Online.
A little about my experience
Whilst I work in the public sector now, I’ve previously worked in the private sector and for a not-for-profit organisation. I am qualified in Business Management, Project Management, Business Analysis and Service Management.
I have passed the Prince 2 Practitioner exam as well as being Foundation qualified. I am a Member of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and an Associate Member of the British Computer Society (BCS) – The Chartered Institute for IT.
I’ve been involved with designing and building websites since the late 1990s. I’ve helped numerous businesses out with advice and guidance on their sites, usage of social media, developing a digital marketing strategy, and have assisted by providing proofreading advice for several organisations.
When I was involved with running a rugby league club, I 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.
What have I achieved?
I am a multi-distance runner. At the time of writing this, I have completed in 91 races between 2013 and 2018, including THREE full marathons, twenty-two half-marathons (competing in four different countries), a duathlon and a sprint triathlon.
I raised over £1850 for charities through my events in the years 2013-17.
I am a former Rugby League player, coach and manager. I was more successful OFF the pitch than ON it though!
I was presented a national award from the sport’s governing body – ‘Pioneer of the Year’ for my recruitment approach as club manager within Rugby League.
I was also invited to a Mayoral Reception for my 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 my negotiations with the local council that the first ever council-provided Rugby League pitch in the Midlands was built.
I went on to be player/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.