Born in East Africa, Richard spent many of his early years travelling around the World as a result of his parent’s employment. Educated in the UK he eventually moved to the North East in 1978.
In 1988, Richard joined Northumbria Probation Service and spent the next 27 years working in a variety of roles across the Wearside, Northumberland and North Tyneside areas. This experience convinced him of the importance of effective inter agency working in reducing reoffending, as well as the need for agencies to work closely with the families of individuals involved with the criminal justice system. Inevitably, this experience brought him into contact with the work undertaken by NEPACS.
Following early retirement in 2015, Richard’s interest in NEPACS and its work with families, led him to become a trustee of the organisation.
Currently living in Northumberland, Richard enjoys walking in the Cheviot hill’s, as well as exploring the local rivers and coastline by kayak.