Richard was born in Dublin, Ireland on 27th July 1949. He grew up in England gaining a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry, and also his Post Graduate Certificate of Education at Nottingham University.
He taught chemistry and science at schools in Jamaica for 7 years. Then he taught for 30 years at the John Gray High School in Grand Cayman before retiring in 2010.
He joined the Cayman branch of the British Sub-Aqua Club 30 years ago and he has worked part-time at the Hyperbaric Chamber for 28 years, treating both divers and medical patients.
He works part-time at UCCI as an adjunct lecturer in Chemistry.