A resident of Lower Hutt, Richard is married with two daughters aged 22 and 18.
Self-employed, Richard has run a gardening business for the past 13 years.
Prior to this he spent 13 years working in public health, including nine years at Regional Public Health in Wellington where he had a particular focus on the public health regulatory aspects of the Sale of Liquor Act and the Smokefree Environments Act.
Elected to the Sacred Heart College Lower Hutt Board of Trustees in 2013 he has been the board chair since 2018.
Richard is also a musician who has played professionally for the past 35 years across New Zealand and internationally and he continues to play locally in various bands.