Richard Thom

Richard grew up in Kuwait in the 1950s and 60s but was educated in Scotland. He is a Chartered Accountant with an honours degree in Business and Administration, majoring in Finance from the University of Portsmouth and has a Diploma in Charity Accounting (DChA). He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA) and the Royal Academy of Dance (FRAD). .


Photo credit:  Alastair Hilton 2018 

From 1988 until 2015, Richard was the Director of Finance and Administration for the Royal Academy of Dance, an international Dance Awarding Organisation based in London and operating in over 60 countries. Prior to that, he worked in audit (London), oil (Saudi Arabia), shipping (Japan) and automobiles (Guam).

Richard has been a speaker at national and international conferences, interviewed on US cable TV for Spirit of Dance, lectured to students on the Academy’s dance degree programmes, delivered business seminars to teachers, written dance-related business briefings and articles for dance and business magazines and visited many of the countries where the Academy operates, meeting both teachers and students. He loves travelling and has visited more than 80 countries.

He wrote a booklet “From Ballet to Business” to accompany the lectures, and had published articles on “Starting your own business” and “Counting the cost of business” in the Royal Academy of Dance’s Dance Gazette Supplement, and “Buying and selling a School” in the dance magazine Dancing Times. He also developed and wrote a series of business Briefings published by the Royal Academy of Dance as a member benefit. This publication was born out of his interaction with dance professionals, teachers and graduates during that time.

He has continued to lecture, with content based on some of the content of Dance into Business ® :

Professional Dancers' Teaching Diploma Royal Academy of Dance

Engaging Minds, Informing Practice University of Roehampton

He has participated in many committees, undertaken voluntary positions in employee associations, served on community associations in various roles, and undertaken dance consultancy and trouble-shooting assignments, nationally and internationally. He was a former Chairman of the Registration Board of the Council for Dance Education and Training CDET (now Council for Dance Drama and Musical Theatre CDMT), a Director of Youth Dance England (now part of One Dance UK), and is currently a Trustee of the Cecchetti Society Trust and a Director of the Dancers Pension Trust.