Richard is the Compliance Manager for Cave & Sons in Northampton, and oversee all the firms regulatory compliance, and he has been at Cave & Sons since October 2015. Established in 1906, Cave & Sons is an independent company offering a range of investment management, stockbroking and financial planning services. As one of the oldest surviving independent stockbrokers in the UK, Cave & Sons has a multi-generational reputation and is recognised for providing an on-going client service of the highest calibre. The firm has a head count of 25.
Richard began his career in Financial Services in 1995 and has seen many changes. In all this time, he has not knowingly met another out gay person in the industry, despite attending many networking and various industry seminars. Richard states “It has at times felt a lonely place to be”.
After being with his previous employer for over 11 years, Richard said it was a very strange feeling upon joining Cave & Sons, having to go through the whole “coming out” experience all over again to about 25 people. Richard adds that he felt more apprehensive about this, than the "first day" at new a job nerves, as you never know what the reactions will be. Richard refuses to hide who he is , he states that. “If you don’t feel you can be your “full self” at work, then you will never be able to showcase your complete talent and ability and be your best”.
For this reason, he feels it is of vital importance, that there is much more visibility of LGBT+ people and role models in Financial Services. He believes that the “LGBT great” network is a huge asset to visibility, engaging firms large and small and for all LGBT+ employees to embrace the diversity and talent that LGBT+ people can bring. He believes being a role model and sharing his story with “LGBT great” can help advance the message, to help others who want a career in Financial Services, in that identifying as LGBT+ is not going to hold you back.
Richard is an openly gay man and values all areas of diversity and inclusion. He has recently got engaged to Lyndon, and they plan to marry in the autumn of 2020.
Outside of work, Richard volunteer’s as a Police Officer (Special Constable) for Northamptonshire Police, a role he has have been doing since March 2012. A special Constable has exactly the same powers/training/responsibility/uniform as a “regular” Police officer – just not paid. Presently, he is an Inspector by rank, responsible for around 120 Special Constables, and part of the senior leadership team. Together with another Inspector, he has recently re-launched a LGBT+ network for all Special’s within the force who identify as such, to ensure that they feel included, valued, and have support. The force as a whole is absolutely committed to having a diverse workforce, and, encourages everyone to bring their “whole self” to the role to mirror the communities that they serve.