Richard is Ambassador for Bristol Zoo, the fifth oldest zoo in the world, prior to this he was Chairman and was also a Trustee for 23 years. Most of his working life has been spent in all aspects of property from development and planning through funding and restructuring to land management.
Richard holds a number of land and rural qualifications including from Lantra. He has in recent years been involved in the planning and delivery of a number of commercial Solar Park schemes and other renewable energy projects. He is President of The Canynges Society. Richard is also Head of Land and Planning for a Bristol specialist house builder.
Richard is a Trustee of a local Bristol housing charity and is a qualified sorts coach. He is married with 2 children and lives in Somerset where his wife is an Equine Riding Coach.