Richard’s day job is as Lecturer in Water Engineering at the University of Sheffield in the Civil and Structural Department, where he teaches surveying and pipeline systems. Richard has had a varied career in engineering, initially training as an Aerospace  Engineer, then undertaking a PhD in Materials and Mechanical Engineering. Most of his current research is based around water distribution systems, and ensuring clean and safe drinking water into the future.

Richard has volunteered for the Northern Refugee Centre as a Mentor helping refugees integrate into British society. A keen proponent of a more sustainable future he has  been an active participant in Sheffield Renewables since 2008 and became Chair of the Board in 2012.