Richard studied medicine at the University of Cambridge qualifying BA in 1983 and completing clinical training in 1986. Most of his post-graduate training in surgery was in the North East gaining his FRCS in 1991, with a period of research from 1993-1995 and a fellowship in endocrine surgery from the University of Sydney, Australia in 1997-98.
He was appointed as consultant general and endocrine surgeon in 1999 and has been a consultant endocrine surgeon since 2012. He has been Secretary and Treasurer of British Association of Endocrine and Thyroid Surgeons, Council member of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and is currently an examiner for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons. He is also trustee of 2 thyroid patient charities and has been a governor of Ponteland First (then Primary) School for 12 years.
Richard is married with 2 daughters, one about to start university, the other about to take GCSEs and he lives in Newcastle