Richard graduated from Sheffield University in 1991 and spent the following 12 years working for Newcastle City Council progressing to head of city design in 2000. Richard joined Ryder in 2004 and became a partner in 2007. His work portfolio has varied over this period with a focus on challenges and opportunities arising from large public sector construction programmes in all levels of education, research and blue light services as well as a burgeoning portfolio of office and industrial projects. He is actively involved in the leadership of Ryder and enjoys the dynamic of working in a team environment. Richard has a keen interest in the visual arts, education, music, travel and literature complimented by an active family life.