Richard Trafford


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Prior to joining the university in 2003, I had spent 30 years in industry and commerce, initially in accounting roles such as group internal auditor and subsequently divisional accountant for a listed national group of motor dealers and later as finance director of a number of companies in the waste management services sector, one of which I floated on the London Stock Exchange. Following that, I worked as a business valuation consultant on a variety of projects covering merger and acquisition work, valuations for tax purposes, shareholder disputes and damages claims and was also appointed as joint independent expert in legal disputes requiring share and business valuations.

Administrative roles have involved course leadership and admissions tutor on postgraduate programmes. I am also an external examiner at Birmingham City University for undergraduate finance modules.

Research Interests

My primary research interests are in the area of company valuation, corporate fraud, financial stability in the third sector and I am closely involved with the delivery and management of our annual Counter Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference, which is held in conjunction with the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University. Additionally, I have delivered external talks and courses on such topics as forensic accounting techniques and mergers and acquisitions.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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