He is also currently Head of the UK delegations to the Inter-Agency Debris Committee whose role is defined as:
The Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC) is an international governmental forum for the worldwide coordination of activities related to the issues of man-made and natural debris in space.
The primary purposes of the IADC are to exchange information on space debris research activities between member space agencies, to facilitate opportunities for cooperation in space debris research, to review the progress of ongoing cooperative activities, and to identify debris mitigation options.
Prof. Crowther also sits on the UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. This committee undertakes important work regarding our use of space:
The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space was set up by the General Assembly in 1959 ( resolution 1472 (XIV)) to review the scope of international cooperation in peaceful uses of outer space, to devise programmes in this field to be undertaken under United Nations auspices, to encourage continued research and the dissemination of information on outer space matters, and to study legal problems arising from the exploration of outer space.
Richard grew-up in Salisbury and attended Bishop Wordsworthâ€™s School. He is also one of only four people from Salisbury to make it into the 2013 edition of Who’s Who (as reported by the Salisbury Journal, December 4th 2012).