Richard has been a resident in Spencers Wood for 25 years. He was involved in preparing the Shinfield Parish Community Plan, which was published in 2011 & is currently the Chairman of the Community Partnership which looks to deliver the actions described in the Plan. Richard is also a member of the Parish Volunteer Group specifically organising the monthly Parish walks. In the past he was a parent governor at Ryeish Green School for over 10 years and was in the vanguard of local people who tried to keep the school open in the campaign of 2006/7. In his professional life Richard is a member of the Chartered Management Institute and worked for Courage in a variety of roles for 30 years, finally being part of the Senior Management Team at Berkshire Brewery before its closure in 2010.