Richard is a registered Dispensing Optician and has been involved with VAO since 2005. He volunteered on multiple assignments in Uganda, Zambia, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso and was appointed VAO Vision Centre Director in 2012. Over the next two years Richard supported the development of VAO Vision Centres across several regions within sub-Saharan Africa, he worked closely with VAO colleagues and country representatives to establish the delivery of optical care within primary care settings and the development of multi-disciplinary eyecare services.

He has been involved with optical businesses in the UK for over thirty years and has also specialised in Diabetic Retinal Eye Screening, Domiciliary Eyecare and Enhanced Optical Services.  More recently he has taken on  additional roles within the UK optical sector working with NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS Acute Trusts. This has led to the development NHS enhanced optical services within primary care and the development of services linking optical practices with NHS secondary care.

He is an Optical Lead for the Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) and Regional Lead for the Association of British Dispensing Opticians (ABDO). Richard is currently a Director of Primary Eyecare Services, a not for profit company set up by Local Optical Committees to deliver enhanced optical services across the whole of England. He is also a Dispensing Optician registrant member on the UK Domiciliary Eyecare Committee and General Optical Council (GOC) Investigation committee. Richard is also a GOC Case examiner.