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Richard McCarthy

Senior Director of Government Affairs, Capita

In his role Richard provides leadership, support and insight on engagement and future business activity with central and regional government and in the development of Capita’s major property based propositions and strategy. He is also the Non-Executive Chairman of the Smart Meters Data and Communications Company (DCC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Capita, which is responsible for developing and managing the UK telecommunications network to support Smart Meters, Fera Science Ltd, a joint venture with DEFRA, and Axelos, a joint venture with the Cabinet Office.

Prior to joining Capita, Richard was the director general, neighbourhoods at the DCLG, also responsible for the Planning Inspectorate and for creation and sponsorship of the Homes and Communities Agency. Before joining the DCLG he was the chief executive of the Peabody Trust. He received a CBE in the 2009 New Year’s Honours for his services to housing and planning.

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