Richard completed a 30-year career in the Army Air Corps serving as a Cold War soldier in Germany, as an instructor at RMA Sandhurst and the Army Staff College and as a Whitehall warrior in MoD Main Building. He managed to squeeze in 5 operational tours at all levels of unit command, including an AAC Squadron in the First Gulf War. His final AAC tour was as the Director of Army Aviation in which he was responsible for bringing the Apache AH Mk1 into Army service.
After leaving the Army in 2007 Richard followed a career with Leonardo Helicopters (formerly AgustaWestland).
Richard has always had a passion for preserving and maintaining the heritage of Army Aviation and was delighted to return to the Board in 2022.