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Richard Holmes

Richard Holmes

Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2011

The NESTA Fellowship for an aspiring leader committed to, and with a track record in, innovative practice, and working in frontline delivery of public services.

Richard is the Director of Inclusive Community Building for Barnwood Trust in Gloucestershire. He works with communities to support their understanding and practice in Asset Based Community Development and inclusive community building. This work is part of a 10 year investment strategy that focuses on creating welcoming and inclusive communities that enable people to identify and build on local skills and strengths, enabling residents to lead connected lives.

Richard's experience in strengths based work is complimented by his Masters Degree, in which he explored the role of positive psychology in education. Richard was recently seconded to Nurture Development to lead the development of a Stewardship Circle, which aimed to support leaders involved in Asset Based Community Development. Before joining Barnwood Trust, Richard worked in local government, where he managed the Study Support and Playing for Success Service; a unique educational initiative that involved establishing study centres in professional sports clubs, with the aim of building children and young people’s confidence and motivation to learn. Prior to this he worked for a national charity organising adventurous expeditions for people with disabilities.

In 2011, Richard was selected as a Fellow of the Clore Social Leadership Programme, where his research project focused on the social sustainability of new housing developments. Richard is passionate about supporting the development of vibrant communities where everyone can feel a part, join in and be looked after.


Richard's research is available here

Twitter: @mrrichholmes

Current principal role: Director of Inclusive Community Building
Current principal organisation: Barnwood Trust
Other leadership role 1: Associate
Other organisation 1: Nurture Development

Research: Social sustainability: Case studies from Gloucestershire
Research topics: Community development; Health and well-being; Housing;
Secondment host: Barnwood Trust

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