Bio

Dr Richard Castle C.Psychol

Associate

Richard has spent most of his career to date in the Royal Air Force, primarily in HR policy functions in support of joint and air operations. Qualifying as a chartered psychologist (specialising in trauma and burns rehabilitation) in 2006, he also took on a pan-Service role addressing the psychological component of enduring operations. He subsequently evolved the initial evidence-based RAF Stress Management & Resilience Policy in 2009.

Since leaving the RAF in 2012, Richard has developed significant expertise and experience in the human aspects of disaster and collective trauma event planning, response and recovery, most recently in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower Fire in West London. He is also an Adviser to the Innovation for Wellbeing Foundation in Bangladesh, an NGO working with the Government to set up an in-country mental health service.

Richard is an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor and is passionate about the benefits of promoting mental health awareness, particularly in the workplace. In addition to ensuring compliance with statutory and moral obligations, this passion also stems from a firm belief, underpinned by evidence, that well-informed, happy and fulfilled staff will produce optimum results for their organisation.

With an MBA and experience across the corporate, public and third sectors, Richard advises The Eleos Partnership on designing meaningful resilience strategy, providing mental health awareness training tailored to an organisation’s needs and planning for, and responding to, an unthinkable disaster actually happening.