Richard is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (Bachelor degree in Natural Sciences in 1978 and a PhD in 1983) and the Institute of Public Administration (MA in Public Management, 2001). He has published over 200 articles in areas as diverse as earth and environmental sciences, management and strategy, higher education policy and planning and travel. He has been variously President of the Institute of Technology, Sligo, Head of Department of Environmental Sciences in IT Sligo, the first Head of the Castlebar Campus of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology and, recently, was Project Manager for the first stage of the implementation of Ireland’s Higher Education Strategy to 2030. He has chaired or been on the board of many not-for profit organisations and is a past President (2012-2014) and past National Diving Officer (2008) of the Irish Underwater Council – the national governing body for underwater sports, including scuba diving – in Ireland. He is a member of the five person State Examinations Commission which oversees all state examinations in Ireland. He is currently working on a biography of Ireland’s Regional Technical Colleges, the forerunners to the Institutes of Technology, to be published by the Institute of Public Administration.