Richard grew up in Wilmslow, Cheshire, and attended Stockport Grammar before going to study Mathematics at Cambridge. He qualified as Chartered Accountant and worked in London for Clarins, the skincare and beauty company. Since 2015 he has been campaigning and living in Cheadle, fighting for Remain in the Referendum and supporting the Liberal Democrats in and around Stockport.
In London, Richard met his partner Alex Wilcock. Drawn together by shared interest in politics and a love of Doctor Who, they have been together for more than 20 years.
Thanks to legislation passed by the Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government, Richard and Alex were finally able to get married, which they did surrounded by friends and family in a ceremony at Stockport Town Hall in 2014.
Richard is currently treasurer of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats and serves on the national party’s Federal Finance and Resources Committee. He has been a local party chair in Tower Hamlets and supported Alex in two general election campaigns in 1997 and 2001.
A writer as well as an activist, Richard has contributed to Liberal Democrat Voice, came Runner Up in the 2016 Liberal Democrats Values essay competition and won the 2010 Liberal Democrat Blogger of the Year award for “The Very Fluffy Diary of Millennium Dome, Elephant”.