Richard Martin is Director of Academic Services at Imperial. Richard leads the Directorate of Academic Services - with the goal of strengthening the College’s ability to deliver its academic mission, ensure efficiency and effectiveness of the interface of academic operations between faculties and College’s central services, and deliver a world-class academic support system. As Director, Richard has responsibility for Registry, Student Services, Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions, Library Services, Research Office, Digital Media Lab, Interdisciplinary EdTech Lab, Change and Operational Improvement, Centre for Academic English and Centre for Continuing Professional Development. In addition, Richard is Chair of Imperial's Operations Committee which brings together leaders of the largest operational units to coordinate, review and prioritise initiatives across the services that support the College's academic mission.
Richard joined Imperial in 2000, initially as a graduate management trainee. He became Deputy Faculty Operating Officer for the Faculty of Engineering in 2004. In 2007 Richard was appointed to the post of Faculty Manager, Faculty of Engineering Sciences at UCL and subsequently had responsibility for establishing the university’s first overseas campus as Chief Operating Officer of UCL Australia.
Richard returned to Imperial in 2011 to take up the role of Faculty Operating Officer for the Faculty of Engineering, a post which he held until 2020. Whilst Faculty Operating Officer, Richard was also Project Director for the Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering Project ("AMP") and the Dyson School of Design Engineering Project - major building and refurbishment programmes on the South Kensington campus. He also served as the Chair of Imperial's Technician Apprenticeship scheme.