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Our People

Richard Watson

Chief Operating Officer

Richard Watson is a finance executive and fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

He joined Arts University Plymouth following four years with the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN), where he held a number of executive roles including interim CEO and Director of Corporate Operations. Prior to this, Richard worked at Plymouth Marjon University as Director of Finances and Facilities, helping the university to develop its campus in Derriford.

With 25 years of experience in research and finance management and development, Richard built his career at the University of Exeter and a commercial accountancy practice, where he had a specific focus on rural diversification and viability investment across Wales and the South West.

Helping develop the skills and businesses that enhance opportunity and innovation is a key driver for Richard. With both his career choices and commitments to support investment in the region’s social enterprises, he is keen to champion the South West and its creative assets.

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