Since his retirement as Director of Finance and Estates at the University of London at the end of 2012, Richard has served in a number of roles in a voluntary capacity. Including as trustee and treasurer of Amnesty International UK, as a governor of Worcester College of Technology, as a member of the finance committee of Mencap, as a non-executive director of Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, and as a trustee and treasurer of Aspire Living (a charity providing services to people in Herefordshire/Gloucestershire with learning disabilities).

He is currently a member of the audit committees of the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Biochemical Society and the Council for Licensed Conveyancers. In addition, Richard is treasurer/trustee of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and the Monmouth Big Band. Lastly, he is a trustee director of the Action for Children Pension Fund.

Richard is a chartered accountant. Prior to retiring he worked as a director of finance in higher education for some 13 years and before that he spent over 20 years working in the financial services sector in the City of London.