Richard is an 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 which he helps to organise.
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 (between 2008 & 2018) and library sessions for the Park Bench charity, for which he is also a trustee.
He has been actively engaged with conflict resolution as a volunteer and trustee with Bristol Mediation (now Resolve West) and has provided short training courses to shelters on dealing with Challenging Behaviour.
Richard is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).