Richard Thickpenny

Richard Thickpenny

Richard spent 10 years as a project manager in telecommunications before leaving to become a mature student. Combining a BEng in Lean Manufacturing and Management techniques with a MSc. in Quality and Environmental Management, he brings an outcomes focus to system design and delivery.

Working with Bristol’s communities since 2001 he has built a strong reputation for fundraising, designing and delivering innovative education projects. With Ashley Community Housing he has been responsible for securing over £1.51m funding to support ACH’s progression from a community organisation working informally with 40 clients to become a registered social landlord and training provider transforming the lives of 1200 people a year.

With a passion for sustainability he has worked hard to reduce the number of individuals in Bristol whose lives are wasted or blighted by the systemic failures of the mainstream agencies and political parties to develop the skills needed to thrive.


Creating award winning training for refugee resettlement and community learning

Manor House 1

Refugee integration is a key issue in many countries.  But where do you start when creating training provision that aids integration and the individual’s resettlement. This session looks at how a programme can be built up that combines lived experience, available funding and outstanding teaching to do just that.