Richard is a Physics graduate and has a master’s degree in Educational Management. After serving as the Headteacher of several secondary schools, Richard joined the Department for Education, in 2005, as an Education Adviser in the Academies Division. In 2010 he joined a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), as Senior Adviser; during this time, he was responsible for the setting up of 5 large, secondary ‘free’ schools. In 2016, Richard became the Chief Executive of a MAT, a position he retired from at the end of 2019.