Richard is an experienced executive, manager and leader, with 25 years management experience in a broad range of industries spanning many different countries and cultures. A diversity of roles has provided an extensive portfolio of skills and experiences, particularly sustainability, strategic planning, relationship building, people management and communications. With technical skills developed in natural resource management, finance and hospitality sectors, recent professional development has been focused on governance and leadership, through training with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and participation in the Tasmanian Leaders Program.  

Richard led Cradle Coast NRM in Tasmania from 2008-2017, a period incorporating significant structural, operational and governance development while maintaining the delivery of an ambitious program of natural resource management activities. The dynamics of the Cradle Coast region, which incorporates World Heritage Area and intensive and highly productive primary industries (terrestrial and aquatic) provided a challenging but rewarding environment in which to balance social, economic and environmental outcomes.

As an established Glaswegian Taswegian Richard maintains a strong interest in the Tasmanian environment through his role on the National Parks and Wildlife Advisory Committee and support for key projects with the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community.