Richard grew up in Newport, South Wales and has been involved in sport and leisure in a participation, professional and voluntary capacity all his life. After completing a degree in Sport and Leisure Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University he went on to work as part of the Sports Development Team at Newport City Council for 10 years. His work with Newport included working in some of the most deprived communities in Wales as well as working on a range of programmes including club development programmes and volunteer projects.
Following his time in Newport Richard has worked for Sport Wales as a Senior Officer, Hockey Wales as Regional Manager and more recently as Senior Inclusion Manager as Swansea City AFC Community Trust developing a programme aimed at getting disabled children and young people involved in sport and volunteering.
Aside from work Richard is Chairperson of his local tennis club, coaches and plays tennis end enjoys spending time with his 2 boys and family travelling the coast in their campervan!