Richard Atienza-Hawkes

Richard previously worked as a virologist, undertaking research into finding a vaccine for HIV/AIDS. He went on to focus his career on the psycho-social issues surrounding the illness. He then moved into learning and development and subsequently human-resource management. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, has a Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership from Oxford University, Said Business School and over 20 years’ experience as a senior manager in the public sector.

During this time he has also worked extensively with charitable and small- to medium-sized business enterprises, delivering business and individual benefits through providing strategic direction, managing change programmes and implementing continuous improvement initiatives. Richard is passionate about supporting staff to function effectively, through promoting leadership, nurturing talent and building organisational resilience and capacity.


Past and Current Confer Events


Leading Your Organisation Through Change
Friday 13 – Saturday 17 June 2011




Conversion Hysteria – Adam Phillips

On Loneliness