Richard Blanco


Richard Blanco is a trainer, consultant and facilitator with 20 years experience of working with a wide range of organisations in the public, not for profit and private sectors. He has senior management and entrepreneurial experience and has served as an advisor and board member for a number of organisations. His experience includes housing, health, regeneration, and the cultural sectors with particular specialisms in organisational development and diversity. Richard is also a theatre director and performer and runs his own property business.

Action learning facilitation

Richard participated in the first action learning sets established in the cultural sector after attending the inaugural Leadership skills programme for senior arts managers in 1993.

He was a founder member of London Arts Action Learning and joined Action Learning Associates at its inception in 1998. As an Associate with Action Learning Associates Richard has facilitated action learning sets as part of a six year national programme for Directors, programmers and operations managers for Creative Partnerships. This was followed by an ALA programme of facilitator training to enable CP to bring facilitation of their action learning in-house

Current and recent customers

Richard has worked with a wide range of customers in all sectors including London & Quadrant Trust, Southern Housing, Genesis, Notting Hill Housing, GSK, Scottish Parliament, Careers Scotland, Amnesty International, Tyne & Wear Museums, Shelter, NSPCC and the London Boroughs of Kingston and Newham.

He has also delivered organisational development programmes with Shisha, FKUK and The Chinese Arts Centre in Manchester

Qualifications and awards

  • ILM endorsed Professional Development Programme in Action Learning Facilitation
  • MA Theatre Making , Leeds University, 2006
  • Writing for the stage, Birbeck College, London, 2003
  • Leadership skills for senior arts managers, Management Centre, 1994
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Dance Studies, Laban Centre, 1989
  • BA (Hons) Theatre Studies, Lancaster University, 1988