Richard is a graduate of the University of Sheffield's accredited planning course. He spent the early part of his career working for Arup in Leeds on a range of transport-related development planning projects for public and private sector clients. This was followed by a stint with Turley Associates in Leeds, working mainly on private sector development planning projects. Richard returned to work for Arup in London in June 2004, working in the national planning, policy and economics team on a range of national and regional policy commissions for central and regional government, as well as a major development planning projects. He moved back to Leeds in 2006, helping to establish a new planning presence in the Arup Leeds office. Richard then joined the Homes and Communities Agency in early 2010, initially in a strategy role in the skills and knowledge function (the former HCA Academy), and is now Area Manager for the Humber sub-region, leading the agency's relationships with local authorities in that part of the region.
Richard has been involved with the RTPI in Yorkshire since around 2001, which included helping to organise the Young Planners Conference, which was hosted in Sheffield in 2001. Richard took a more significant role in RTPI Yorkshire after returning to Yorkshire from London in 2006. This has included two years as Vice-chair (2007, 2008), two years as Chair (2009, 2010) and a year as immediate past chair (2011). Richard has also been an active member of the RTPI Yorkshire Conference Series group over many years and has helped to organise several events.
Richard currently sits on the University of Sheffield Department of Town & Regional Planning RTPI Partnership Board, as one of the University's appointed practitioner representatives. Richard is also a Member of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation.