Richard Taylor started his career as a jackaroo, studied at Monash University, worked in banking and then started up the Australian office for Educational Project Resources (EPR) UK. He subsequently purchased the company, renaming it Educational Communications.
After selling this to EdComs, he invested in several start ups, did consultancy work, before EdComs appointed him to a senior position within the DfES Business Development Unit, where he represented the department on the Government Sponsorship Steering Committee. Next, he created the business intelligence journal, the assignment report (sold to Meissa where Richard served as a Director until 2011). Then he spent a brief period as the International Development Director for World Maths Day during which this event became the largest one day online education event in the world. Next he worked with Paul Birch (ex Bebo) to develop the maths and spelling game Tutpup which was sold to MindCandy the owners of MoshiMonsters. Since then Richard has done advisory work for a range of clients including TSL Education, Teachable, AQA, ULearn Today and several other high-profile education companies and investors. Richard’s current projects incude Night Zookeeper, the winners of StartUp Weekend edu (London) and the start-up competition held at Learning Without Frontiers 2012. During 2012 Richard worked with Twig, DC Thomson, Zondle and several other companies, spoke at the Education Investor Summit and was a judge of the 2012 Education Investor Awards. He is an accredited investor on AngelList, the education adviser to EC1 Capital, and is an Expert with Apps for Good and in December invested in NearDesk (via seedrs). At the end of 2012 Richard was working on several projects including one to establish an international education incubator.
2013 has started at a run with a panel spot at the January meeting of the London Educational Games Meetup Group, a story in edSurge, StartUp Weekend EDU London (organised by Richard and the Night Zookeeper team), The Education World Forum, BETT 2013, a business trip to Singapore and Australia and hopefully the launch of a new education specific incubator.
Outside of education Richard was appointed by the The Home Office to sit on the Independent Monitoring Board of Wormwood Scrubs Prison (2007-2009) and he was also formerly a director of the Australian Sponsorship Marketing Association (now called Sponsorship Australia).
He has also written two sponsorship books – Straightforward Sponsorship – (2004) – an e-book used with clients and individuals wanting to improve their understanding of sponsorship, and Playing for Success – Tips for Successful Sponsorship (Crown copyright 2004) – a guide for the UK government-funded Playing for Success school sports programme.