He has owned and managed a number of businesses across three countries including an international cold chain export business, an ISO 9001 accredited agricultural testing laboratory and established a rural consultancy in each country.
In Western Australia since 2010, he has held roles as a Consultant for a large rural based management consulting firm, and Business Enterprise Officer for an indigenous land based federal government department. In these roles he has assisted owners and business managers in the management of over 18,000 km2 of rangelands in WA, and over 100,000 ha of farmland in the wheatbelt of WA.
A specialist in farming systems he has prepared and monitored yearly budgets and operational programs for many businesses, identified opportunities for the development of business activities; prepared, reviewed and assessed business plans, cashflows and proposals and for a number of years oversaw the digital development and production of an annual agricultural benchmark publication.
He also managed agronomic and production advice for crop and livestock, as well as prepurchase assessments and analysis.
Over his career Richard has developed and maintains an uncompromising focus for independence and client confidentiality.
Richard Brake Consulting has been the first in Western Australia to develop on farm carbon emissions reporting and management as a standard key performance indicator within annual business analysis.