Richard Smith

Following a successful career as a Police Officer with Cheshire Constabulary, which included 2 years with Special Branch where he qualified as an authorised firearms officer and advanced surveillance motorcyclist, Richard embarked on a career within the private sector.

Working across multiple industries he ran his own successful businesses and also worked in senior marketing and commercial roles.
Now an experienced multi-sector Commercial Director Richard has run various large visitor attractions and has helped to open and develop multi-million-pound leisure developments such as the National Botanic Garden of Wales and Thinktank, Birmingham’s new Science Museum.

More recently he was Brand Home Director at Plymouth Gin.

Richard went on to become the Chief Executive Officer of a fast growing and award-winning law firm headquartered in Plymouth operating across multiple offices. He oversaw the growth of the business to a multi-million-pound success story which sees the business still growing to this day.

Immediately before joining UK Protection Ltd he was, for three and a half years, Commercial Director at an independent boarding school during a period of significant growth. He oversaw the building of a 50m swimming pool complex and delivered this on time and to budget.

Richard is a previous Director at the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and during that time guided Plymouth Gin to win the Plymouth Business of the Year Award in 2007 and at the same time personally won the Plymouth Business Leader of the Year Award.

During this time, he also volunteered as a business mentor assisting start-up businesses across the south west with great success.
In his spare time and for 6 years he was a Trustee of Harbour drug and alcohol services in Plymouth as well as a Trustee for the China Fleet Trust, a Royal Navy charity based at the China Fleet Country Club, Cornwall.