Richard Agutter was co-opted as a Governor of Birkbeck in 1999. A chartered accountant who has been active in the City for over 40 years, he is a former partner of KPMG. Richard was the first Chairman of the KPMG Corporate Finance International Network from 1990-1996 and has wide experience (including privatisation), both in the private sector and through government initiatives, both in the UK and throughout the world.
Richard has been involved in transportation since 1980, when he restructured Brymon Airways, which owned Plymouth Airport, and sold the business to British Airways. As a result of the Brymon position he was involved in the conceptual planning for London City Airport. In addition he has been involved in preparing business plans and financial analyses while advising clients on strategic options including, currently, for a Middle Eastern airline. He is also a non executive director of Braemar Shipping Services plc.
Beyond his corporate responsibilities, Richard was an Alderman of the City of London, and was Sheriff between 2000 and 2001. He is greatly involved with a number of the Livery companies, and other City institutions. He is currently 4th Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company and a Trustee of the New Goldsmiths’ Centre which is being built with the support of the Company to provide training and exhibition facilities to enhance the Goldsmiths' trade.
Richard commented: 'I have very much enjoyed my association with Birkbeck over the last 12 years and am grateful for the opportunity to have a continuing link. These are exciting times in higher education and I will follow Birkbeck’s progress with interest.'