Richard took up his role as Head of Pacific Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in January 2013. Between 2008 and 2012 Richard was HM Consul General Sydney and Director General Trade and Investment (Australasia), before that Deputy Head of Mission and HM Consul General at the British Embassy in Mexico City (January 2005-June 2008).
Before going overseas Richard was Head of Assistance Group in Consular Directorate in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2001-2004). He entered the Foreign and Commonwealth Office via open competition (1990); and since then has worked as Assistant Desk Officer, Non-Proliferation and Defence Department (1990-91); Assistant Desk Officer, Cultural Relations Department (1991-92); undertook a temporary duty to the United Kingdom Mission to United Nations, New York (1993); was Third Secretary (Political), British High Commission, Ottawa (1993-96); Second Secretary (Political), British High Commission, Bridgetown (1996-2000); and Head of Resource Accounting and Budgeting Team (2000-01).
Working for the FCO, Richard has appeared in and on various media, including: CNN International, ITN International and BBC World.
Richard received a BA Hons in English Literature from Aberystwyth University (which included a one-year scholarship to the University of Illinois); and has an MBA from Aston University. He undertook contract work for Touche Ross Management Consultancy as part of his MBA. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) and of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (FRSA).
He was born on 1 November 1967 in Worcestershire. He married Alison in 1992 and they have one daughter and two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys long-distance running, reading, travel, music and spending time with his family.
British Ambassador to Nepal
The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services.