Derek Richards

Derek Richards

Quality Relationship Manager, Creative Skillset / Cross Platform Media-Arts Producer

  • Location: London
  • Career stage: Expert

I'm an award winning, reputable and highly experienced arts and media consultant, producer and manager/business-leader with a strong background in interactive communications technologies, media, music, film and TV working across all sectors. A proven leader working at the cutting edge of new technologies, supported by first-class analytical, design, production, project management and presentation skills and a problem solving initiative. Dedicated to maintaining high production values, innovation, social inclusion and accessibility working in an international context.

I've worked as a musician with the likes of Courntey Pine, exhibited world-wide as an artist, scored for film and TV soundtracks and composed music for and directed theatre. I've won a total of 11 awards for my digital/new media production work with clients including the BBC, Channel 4, Motorola, the Science Museum, the Virgin Group, the RAC, the DCMS and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

Expertise: creative technology applications for theatre and music event production and design; video & projection design; project design, scoping and management; event production; exhibition curation; film/video direction, production & post production; sound design, streaming media systems architecture, rich media technology solutions; Creative participation facilitation (in particular youth programmes); Creative Citizenship programme design (with special focus on applications of digital tools in creative citizenship contexts).

Work History

Quality Relationship Manager - Creative Skillset

Sep 2014 - Present

Media-Arts Artist, Producer & Consultant - Freelance

Jan 2004 - Present

Creative & Executive Director - Hi8us South

Mar 2009 - Dec 2013

Producer/Co-founder - Believe Collective

Jan 2008 - Jan 2009

Head of Creative - Rich Mix

Jan 2006 - Dec 2007

Producer, Special Projects - Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

Feb 2004 - Jan 2006

Artist - Union Dance

2001 - 2006

Artist - National Theatre Education

1994 - 2006

Owner - HyperJAM

Sep 1997 - Dec 2005

Artist/Director/Producer - Digital Diaspora

1995 - 1996

Training & Production Director - Arts Technology Centre - ARTEC

Jan 1990 - Jun 1995

Musical Director - Talawa

1991 - 1994


Physics Major; Music minor - Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - University of Hertfordshire

1981 - 1984


  • Account/client management
  • Administration
  • Business planning/strategy
  • Digital content skills
  • Editing
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Networking
  • Organisational skills
  • Pitching/presenting and proposal writing
  • Specific software skills