"Lord Best was created a life peer in 2001. He is chair of The Property Ombudsman Council and The Glazing Ombudsman Council, Chair of the Private Rented Sector Policy Forum, Trustee of the Royal Society of Arts and Trustee of The Tree Council. His public duties also include Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People, Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary (APP) Group on Urban Development, and Treasurer of the APP Group on Housing Needs and Homelessness, and serving on the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee." 
- Advisory Council, Demos 
- Local Government Association
- Chair, Hanover Housing Association
- Former Commissioner, Rural Development Commission
- Former Head, British Churches Housing Trust
- Former Head, National Federation of Housing Associations
- Ambassador, Family and Parenting Institute 
- Vice president, Employee Ownership Association 
Resources and articles
- Demos Richard Best, organizational web page, accessed October 10, 2012.
- Hanover Board, organizational web page, accessed October 14, 2012.
- Demos People, organizational web page, accessed October 10, 2012.
- Family and Parenting Institute Ambassadors, organizational web page, accessed October 14, 2012.
- Employee Ownership Association Vice-Presidents, organizational web page, accessed October 9, 2013.