Initially trained as a museum curator, Richard has held senior cultural management positions in Australia and since late 2010 has lived and worked in Hong Kong. He holds a Masters degree in Political Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies.
Career highlights have included Director of Australia’s largest historic site, Port Arthur (Tasmania); Director of the Norfolk Island Museums (South Pacific); Lecturer in Museum Studies at the University of Sydney and Director of Museum & Properties with the National Trust of Australia (NSW). In addition to these responsibilities, for over a decade Richard ran his own museum planning consultancy business.
For the last nine years Richard has been guiding the direction and expanding the capabilities of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum, an independent museum attracting some 140,000 visitors annually. HKMM is supported by the Hong Kong shipping industry and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He is engaged internationally with maritime heritage issues as an Executive Member of the International Congress of Maritime Museums.