Richard is the owner of a building company in the Nelson region undertaking project management and consulting work on housing projects. He is Deputy Chairman of the Building Practitioners Board and a member of the Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board.
He is a former Director of the Building Research Association New Zealand and former chairman of the Building Research Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Construction Strategy Group and a former chairman of the Certified Builders Association.
He was also a member of the Minister of Building and Housing Task Force on Productivity and the Building Act Review Advisory Group.