Richard has over 20 years of experience successfully leading advanced technology and product development in the Aerospace & Defense sector at both large and small companies. He is currently the Senior Director of Systems Engineering at Virgin Orbit where he leads the integration of the air launched LauncherOne rocket system, and plays a key role in transforming the company from R&D to first flight and production. Prior to that he held a number of senior leadership roles at Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems (formerly Hughes Space & Communications) including Flight Controls & Software Department Manager for 150+ engineers and managers, and Platform R&D Portfolio Manager and Chief Systems Engineer for the $1B 702 Satellite Product Line. He has also served as COO of Enigma Science, an R&D Instrumentation startup, and has lectured courses and published papers and patents in control systems, software, and product line strategy. Richard holds a PhD in Robotics and Controls from the University of Queensland Australia, and an MBA from UCLA Anderson.