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Professor Richard Kerley is a Professor of Management with a specific interest in public service management.  Before entering academic life, Richard worked in advertising, hospitality and in prison education. He also worked for four different councils. He is a Non Executive Director and chairs the board of The Audience Business (a not for profit audience development organisation); is a director of the Centre for Scottish Public Policy; and the Edinburgh Mela.

Richard is the author of various books, research papers, academic journals and articles. He chaired the Scottish Executive Working Party on Renewing Local Democracy; the report of which was published in July 2000 and which was legislated for in June 2004 as the Local Governance Act.  He has carried out research projects supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Scottish Consumer Council, Alcohol Scotland, The Accounts Commission Scotland, the Association of MBAs and the Scottish Government.