According to a biographical note:
- Trained as a musician, Richard subsequently obtained a BA (Hons) Degree in Business Studies. He has worked in many areas of BP including planning, Human Resources, and industrial and retail marketing. His current responsibilities include political advice and analysis for BP’s CEO and Managing Directors; co-ordination and management of BP’s oral and written responses to Government; and external presentation of BP’s political interests and concerns. Richard is a former Conservative Parliamentary candidate, and served on Spelthorne Borough Council 1973-77. He is a member of Equity and continues, when possible, to work in the theatre and films. He is the composer of many musicals and songs.
He featured in the 1973 BBC documentary 'These Young People: A question of loyalty', expressing some rather trenchant views on the role of government and the place of business in society.
In 2009 the Financial Times listed Ritchie in their compilation of 'people employed by Lords who also work for lobbyists, public relations firms, companies or trade organisations.' He was noted as working for Lord Kimball
Views on Portillo
According to the Telegraph:
- Richard Ritchie, an oil executive with BP, met Portillo when he came down from Cambridge. "I was working for Enoch Powell as an archivist. We all went to the opera together. Enoch would say vote for Portillo. He was amused to discover someone almost as ambitious as he was. Michael hasn't changed fundamentally over the years."
- Centre for Policy Studies, Council | Taxpayers' Alliance Roundtable, attendee, 2010. | Debating Matters, judge 2010/11 |
- Oiling the political engine By Tobias Buck, David Buchan, Krishna Guha and Sheila McNulty, FT.com site, Aug 01, 2002 (mentions Ritchie)
- Debating Matters Richard Ritchie, accessed 2 April 2011
- BFI Film and TV Database These Young People: A question of loyalty
- Janus The Papers of Enoch Powell, Churchill Archives Centre
- Lobbyists in the Lords Financial Times, Published: January 27 2009 22:50 | Last updated: January 27 2009 22:50
- Alice Thomson, 'There's only one person that knows me - and that's me.' Who exactly is Michael Portillo? Alice Thomson has spoken to friends, colleagues and observers of the would-be Conservative Party leader and finds, despite his certainty that others do not know him, that there are illuminating clues to the puzzle, THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (LONDON), June 28, 2001, Thursday, Pg. 24