Richard read economics at university and went on to train as a social worker. He worked in various local authority social work roles in the East Midlands, specialising in child care.
Richard joined Mencap, the charity for people with learning disability and their families in 1979 and rose to a senior position over the next two decades. In the last ten years he was based in London running a division of 1000+ staff providing the whole range of Mencap services, including housing, employment, casework and campaigning.
Richard served as Chief Executive of Perennial, formerly Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society, from 1998 to 2017. Perennial is the occupational charity helping horticulturists in need. During his time with the charity it broadened, expanded and refocused its work, to include specialist casework and debt advice services alongside its traditional benevolent fund activities of financial help and retirement housing; and it has taken on the care of two gardens of significance preserved and open to the public. He retired from this role in 2017.
Richard is married but has no children. He lives in South London; Chairman Gardening for the Disabled Trust, Liveryman and Assistant, Worshipful Company of Gardeners. Richard is also the Chair of the AQC.
He joined Lantra Board in September 2010.