Richard was born in Kenya, educated at Rugby School and the University of Oxford reading Modern History. He switched to Medicine at St Thomas’ Medical School, London graduating in 1976. Richard specialised in surgery achieving FRCSE while working in the NHS.

In 1985 he co-founded Hawker Publications, a medical publishing company, and continued to practise surgery partime while growing the company which has expanded into childcare and black fashion. Through one of his publications, Caring Times, Richard became aware of the difficulties and challenges some care workers face and was therefore delighted to be a founder Trustee of the Care Workers Charity. Richard is married to a doctor, has three children and loves chess, collecting chess sets, reading historical biographies, playing golf and having fun.