Acoustics expert appointed to leadership role at trade association

Acoustics expert appointed to leadership role at trade association

15th March 2023

Russell Richardson has been elected as Chairman of ANC the Association of Noise Consultants.


Bringing decades of consultancy and academic experience to the leadership role, Russell has been appointed to serve for the next two years.


A graduate in electroacoustics at the University of Salford, Russell’s career began in acoustics consultancy followed by further work in academia researching the subjective response of audiences in concert halls at London South Bank University.


He then went on to co-found RBA Acoustics, now one of the largest independent consultancies in the UK.


As a Director, Russell leads a team working from offices in London and Manchester, from where RBA Acoustics operates nationally and across the globe.


Throughout his career, Russell has played an extensive role in the wider acoustics sector. This has included several years as Hon. Secretary of the Institute of Acoustics, as well as a visiting lecturer on the Environmental and Architectural Acoustics MSc course at London South Bank University.


He is also a member of industrial advisory boards at both LSBU and Birmingham City University and a student mentor at the University of Salford.


Russell first joined the ANC Board in 2006, with previous roles including Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer.


He is a member of ANC’s Certification Committee and is the Senior Examiner for the Association’s ADvANCE Registration Scheme for sound insulation testing, where he’s played a pivotal role in driving high standards of governance and professionalism.


Launched in 2004, to provide independent verification of pre-completion sound compliance testing in the housebuilding sector, to date 528,000 tests have been recorded under the ADvANCE Registration Scheme, with more than 300 ANC-registered testers, all qualified in acoustics, able to deliver the programme across the UK.


Russell was elected at the ANC’s recent annual general meeting and takes over from previous Chair, Paul Shields.


Graham Parry, President of the ANC, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Russell to the role of Chair of the ANC.


“He brings a wealth of experience to the role and we look forward to working together closely throughout his term of office.


“The Board would also like to thank Paul Shields for his hard work in the role of Chair and commitment to the ANC.”