Richard has had many jobs, starting off with a five year toolmaking apprenticeship, working on the shop floor in engineering for many years, then moving on to aircraft planner, sign designer, technical author and transport planner, finishing up as a mobile bicycle mechanic before retiring.
He’s always tried to do his best in all these various jobs, coping with the many and varied problems and devising appropriate solutions. He lived much of his life in just over the bridge in Bristol, visiting the Forest frequently, with a few breaks in Belfast and Yeovil. He volunteers for local charities including the Great Oaks Hospice and Severn Dean Lions.
He gained a City and Guilds Mechanical Engineering Technician’s Certificate during his apprenticeship and various other work-based qualifications, an honours degree in Environmental Quality and Resource Management, and a Master’s degree in Transport Planning.
He values the uniqueness of the Forest and its people, and wants suitable, sensitive development which supports them, enhancing not destroying this beautiful place. As a lifelong walker and cyclist, he will be doing everything he can to improve the walking and cycling links in the area, including the Parkend to Lydney path, and secure cycle parking at all destinations, not forgetting the vital contribution public transport can and should make.
He is standing as a councillor because he believes that he can help change things for the better in the Forest, and he will work hard to achieve that, by listening to local people’s concerns and acting on them.