Elected in November 2015 and re-elected in November 2018, Richard is Chair of the Board and also Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Richard is a consultant to Sparke Helmore Lawyers, and a past President of the Hunter Business Chamber (2011 - 2014). He is a Conjoint Professor of Practice in the School of Law at the University of Newcastle and a member of the Advisory Boards for both the Faculty of Business and Law and for the School of Law.

Richard is a non-executive director of Rural and Remote Medical Services Ltd.

In 2018, Richard was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community of the Hunter, to business development and medical research, and to the law.