Richard has over 45 years engineering experience of which 20 years are teaching 737 technical subjects.
Richard joined the Royal Navy 1972, transferring to the Fleet Air Arm in 1974 where he served for 25 years as an airframe/engines mechanical engineer. He was wounded during the Falklands conflict in 1982, retiring from the Royal Navy in 1996. He then gained his CAA aircraft maintenance licence and contracted for Jersey European whilst also being employed as a certifying engineer and flight test observer on the Squirrel helicopter. He went on to become an NVQ Training Officer involved in the development of general and aviation engineering personnel.
He joined CTC Aviation in 2000 as a B737 technical instructor later including the B757 and 767 types. He left CTC in 2008 as easyJet moved to Airbus aircraft but continued as a contractor, also becoming an aviation technical author writing aircraft maintenance procedures and operation manuals. He temporarily left his aviation roles in 2017 to take up an appointment as Mayor for Weymouth and Portland. After retiring from local politics in 2019, he resumed teaching B737 and 757 type courses for a major training organisation in Southampton and Crawley.