Richard has worked with Prime Ministers and Presidents and has had the privilege of planning and managing international events for Popes, Princes, Princesses and Emirs.
For over 23 years he has lived in Papua New Guinea, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, India and the Middle East.
Following a professional career as a Sports Educator with extensive international experience in sports science, multi sports festival management and ceremonies and special event creation and production, Richard has now dedicated his professional time to writing and documentary production.
In 1991 he directed and produced the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the South Pacific Games hosted in Papua New Guinea. In 1995, Richard planned and produced Papua New Guinea’s nationwide celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Independence. In the same year he authored the Papua New Guinea National Pledge, a key element of PNG’s National Identity Act.
Following the completion of a three year assignment to plan and manage elements of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Richard lived in Pakistan where in 2004 after three years of international and regional uncertainty in the sub continent, he produced and directed the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 9th South Asian Games in Islamabad, Pakistan.
In 2011 he accepted an Australian Government assignment at the Curtin Immigration Detention Centre in Western Australia, where he interviewed and interacted with asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and Iraq. He is presently completing the manuscript titled Destination Detention, which reflects and recounts his professional experiences during this time in 2012 and 2013.
Destination Detention argues that a sustainable solution to managing and regulating the flow of asylum seekers from the South Asia region to Australia, lies with genuine engagement with The Bali Process and a diplomatic and bilateral agreement between Australia and India and not in Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Nauru or Cambodia.
Richard continues research and academic pursuits at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St. Andrews, Scotland and at the School of International Relations, University of Leiden, Netherlands.
He returned from Pakistan in January 2014 following pre production planning with Pakistan television station ATV for the proposed television series Cities of Pakistan. Read more about Cities of Pakistan in this website.
Richard contributes to the Taronga Conservation Society’s elephant programme and was an active participant in Taronga’s Dinosaurs in the Wild special event – November 2014 to February 2015.