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Richard Calvert

Richard Calvert MA

Chief Operating Officer


Richard has been Chief Operating Officer at Sheffield Hallam since November 2016. He leads the majority of our professional services areas, and is responsible for the overall quality and coherence of the University's professional services.

Richard has an extensive background in leading professional service functions in central government. Before joining Sheffield Hallam, he was Director General for Strategy and Resources at the Department for Education. He was previously Director General for Finance and Corporate Performance at the Department for International Development (2009-2015), where he supported the delivery of DFID's programmes, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia; Richard also led the Department's work on climate change and on international education, including setting up the International Citizens Service.

Richard's previous roles included spells as Director of Strategy and Resources at the Food Standards Agency (2007-2009); Finance Director at DFID (2003-07); First Secretary (External Relations) at the UK Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels; and also spells as Private Secretary to Chris Patten, Lynda Chalker and Clare Short while they were in Ministerial roles.

He holds an MA in Law from the University of Oxford.

Roles on external bodies:

  • 2015-16: Governor, University of Hertfordshire
  • 2015-16: Board member, Hightown Housing Association, Hemel Hempstead
  • 2008-14: Independent Advisor to the National Assembly for Wales

Professional memberships:

  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
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