Richard Briant read History and Law at Cambridge, and studied Persian. His early professional experience was as a UK civil servant and diplomat. As International Director, Richard was responsible for a wide range of international initiatives and programmes, particularly in Saudi Arabia.
Richard’s previous appointment was as Chief Operating Officer of the Saïd Business School. In the 1990s he was the Administrator in the Department of Materials and helped set up the University’s Science Park at Begbroke. Richard is a Director of Oxford Archaeology Ltd. Richard has also worked in the water industry as a consultant and specialist journalist, and was a non-executive director of Stonham Housing Association, England’s largest provider of housing and support for vulnerable people, from 1988-2004.