Richard was the Executive Director of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust (now The Planned Environment Therapy Archives and Special Collections) until December 2018. He has long been an Independent Consultant in the fields of Child Care, Education and Mental Health.
He is a Fellow of the Dartington Social Policy Group at Warren House.
He has a long association with Therapeutic Communities, having worked at the Mulberry Bush for over 20 years in total, where from 1991 to 2001 he was its Director, and at the Peper Harow Foundation from 2001 to 2005, where he was Director, Children and Young People. He was a Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Work at Reading University (1986 – 1991) and continues to teach on such professional training courses here and abroad.
Over recent years he has advised the Department de Seguranca Social [Children and Families Department] in Portugal on the development of Specialist Support Houses for highly emotionally troubled young people. He also provides Consultation and Supervision for several organisations and leaders in Ireland and Portugal.
Richard completed the Part 1 Training in Child Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic [now an MA], qualified as a Social Worker with an MSc from Oxford University in 1983 and in 2005 completed the MA in Organisational Consulting at Ashridge Business School. On several occasions Richard had been the Chair of the Charterhouse Group of Therapeutic Communities, and he was the Chair of the Care Leavers’ Foundation for nearly 20 years.