Richard underwent basic surgical training in Ophthalmology in Aberdeen and was admitted as a Fellow of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists of London in 1995. Between 1995 and 2000 he underwent higher surgical training in Nottingham University Hospital as the Clinical Lecturer. During this time he also undertook a higher medical degree (MD) researching the resistance of the human eye to infection, and won The Founder’s Cup at the Oxford Ophthalmological Congress in 1999 and 2000 for this work. In 2000 he was awarded The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Keeler Scholarship and underwent advanced subspecialty training in Vitreoretinal surgery under the auspices of Professor David McLeod at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. He was appointed to his current post as a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon specialising in Vitreoretinal surgery at Bristol Eye Hospital in 2001.