Richard Tuffs has been director of the ERRIN network since October 2010. ERRIN is a regional network that promotes the regional dimension of the European research and innovation agenda, European project development and management and raising the profile of the ERRIN network and its member regions in Brussels. Richard has been working in the regional dimension of European policy in territorial cohesion and research for many years and worked for the Kent and the West Midlands offices in Brussels before joining ERRIN. Richard has been in involved in numerous EU projects such as science communication, Future Internet, Smart Specialisation, and eco-innovation. He is a member of the Smart Specialisation Mirror Group established by the European Commission and was the rapporteur for the European Commission expert group on the Capital of Innovation prize launched in 2013. He is often invited to moderate and present at conferences on European research and innovation topics. Richard has a degree in geography and social sciences and master’s degrees in town planning, applied linguistics and business administration. His career spans town planning, applied linguistics, language and management training, university lecturing and research and education administration.