Richard is an active champion of homelessness charities and initiatives, particularly near his home in Bristol.

He is a volunteer and trustee there with the Julian Trust, an emergency night shelter for homeless people. He has been involved with them since 2004 and represents them on Bristol’s Shelter Programme Steering Group (part of the Rough Sleeper Partnership) and Bristol Homeless Forum.

As a qualified Management Accountant he has been treasurer of other local charities and has worked in financial management for a number of charities since leaving industry in 2001.

Richard’s volunteer work also includes as a Nightstop host since 2008 and library sessions for the Park Bench charity, for which he is also a trustee.

He is actively engaged with conflict resolution as a volunteer and trustee with Bristol Mediation, providing mediation for hostel residents.

Richard is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).


He joined the board in October 2018.