Richard started his career as an apprentice in Pontypridd and later studied at the Polytechnic of Wales. After spending time as a management trainee with the Powell Duffryn group, Richard has subsequently held a number of senior positions. He has managed a number of manufacturing and construction based businesses with plants in the UK and overseas subsidiaries. Whilst working in the Water Industry, he became area president of the Institute of Water.
Richard has been involved with Fairwood Trust and its predecessors for 25 years. Having held senior executive positions in the industry, Richard has recently retired but is still actively engaged with a number of local community organisations, in addition to acting as a mentor to start-up businesses.