Richard lives with his wife, Donna and their daughter.
Richard has lived in Stapleford all his life and attended Frederick Harrison Infants, Stevenson Junior School, Bramcote Park Comprehensive and colleges in the Nottingham area. He is also a qualified Train The Trainer.
Inspired by STRAG (Stapleford & Trowell Rural Action Group) and the new community website, Bramcote Today, Richard set up Stapleford Community Group in 2011 which started as an email address, then a FaceBook Group. This was soon followed by a Web Site and then a Facebook Page. The group was set up as a way of Bringing Unity To The Community.
Following a by-election, Richard was elected to Stapleford Town Council in January 2014 for the remainder of the Administration and was re-elected again in 2015, he also became a Broxtowe Borough Councillor in 2015.
Richard retained his seat in 2019 for the Stapleford North Ward on both Stapleford Town Council and Broxtowe Borough Council.
Richard was also elected as the Deputy Mayor of Stapleford for 2019/20.
In 2020, Richard was invited to attend the Queens Garden Party by the Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire for the work he does in the community. Sadly this event was cancelled due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Richard was elected Mayor of Stapleford for 2020/2021 and also elected the Deputy Mayor of Broxtowe for 2020/2021. Roles which he is honoured to have achieved and enjoyed holding despite the difficulties of the year.
In 2014, Richard was recognised as a Community Learning Champion for his involvement with Nottingham A.C.L.S. Richard was also awarded the Points of Light award by the Prime Minister, for his work in the community.
In 2015, Richard was awarded Tenant of the Year by ARCH (Association of Retained Council Housing). Richard also became a Digital Champion for Nottinghamshire County Council.
In 2016, Richard was awarded the Tennant of the Year award by building communities in the East Midlands (BCEM).
Richard also won the Colin Smith Memorial Award by East Midlands Tenant Participation Forum (EMTPF).
In 2017, Richard was awarded a Community Stars- Best in Nottinghamshire award in recognition of being nominated as a volunteer who has made a significant contribution to the Nottingham Community.
In 2018, Richard was awarded the Nottinghamshire County Council Chairman’s award in recognition of achievements including helping local people with food and provisions from a local supermarket every week, helping reduce anti-social behaviour in the town and organising jobs fairs in the local community.
Richard was also presented with an award off Nottinghamshire County Council/Age Friendly Nottinghamshire for the work in getting Stapleford to take part in the Take a Seat Scheme, making him an ‘Age Friendly Community Ambassador’.
In 2019, Richard was a finalist in the Nottingham Post Heroes Award for Best Neighbour.
Richard was also presented with an Active Citizens Award by NottsWatch in recognition of the tireless, inspiring and selfless work he does in the community and for making a significant contribution to improving the lives of those around him.
Richard was also a runner up in 2019 in The Community Star Award, organised by The Mansfield Building Society and won the award in 2020!