Richard Hirst, Digital Specialist

About Richard Hirst, Senior Digital Manager

Richard Hirst
'Daddy' - Illustration by Cameron Hirst (aged 6)

Digital specialist, husband, father, mountain biker, guitarist and occasional photographer. That about sums me up.

I am a versatile and creative senior digital manager. Before moving into management, I cut my teeth as a web designer and front-end developer, so I understand all aspects of a digital project. From planning and discovery to build, testing and launch, I can bring my experience and expertise to lead a team and project through to successful completion. I'm an advocate of the Agile framework Scrum and a Certified Scrum Master.

I am currently the Head of Web and part of the Marketing and Communications Senior Leadership team at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). I am responsible for developing and implementing the web strategy to raise the User Experience (UX) across the entire QMUL web presence, with a particular focus on student recruitment.

I live in Surrey with my wife and two children.

A little history

Graduating with a BA(Hons) in Creative Visualisation, I soon realised that 3D animation is not as exciting to do as it is to watch, so I chose a favoured path and pursued a career in web design. Freelancing early in my career soon led to a permanent post at a multi-national publishing firm and a move from Yorkshire to London.

Joining Queen Mary in 2002, I have progressed through the ranks and now lead a team of highly talented web professionals.

Throughout my career, I have been involved in all aspects of web design, but I now focus mainly on strategy, team and project management and UX design.


My steed

Outside work I am an avid mountain biker, so if I'm not with my family, you'll usually find me out on my local trails around Surrey. I even made a video.

I am also a guitarist and keen photographer when my kids allow me the chance to do either of those things.

I'm pretty much addicted to Instagram, and I have intended to learn the piano and drums for about ten years now, I swear I will get around to it one day.