Lord Best retired at the end of 2006 after 18 years as the Director of both the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.
He is Chair of the Hanover Housing Association, Vice-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Urban Development and Hon Treasurer of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Homelessness and Housing Need.
He was President of the Local Government Association until June 2015 and Chair of the Independent Commission on the Future of the LGA. He is also Chair of the Giving Forum and President of the Continuing Care Conference.
Some of his previous posts have included: Chairman of the Westminster Housing Commission (2005-2006); Commissioner, Rural Development Commission (1989-1998); Chair, Inquiry into Social Inclusion in Glasgow (1998-2000); Secretary, Duke of Edinburgh’s Inquiry into British Housing (1984-1991). Between 1973 and 1988 he was Director of the National Federation of Housing Associations. He was a member of the Commission on the Future of Birmingham’s Council Housing and chaired the Hull Partnership Liaison Board (2002-2004).
Richard Best was created a Life Peer in 2001 and sits on the crossbenches.