Richard is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (he holds Bachelor and Doctorate degrees in science) and the Institute of Public Administration (MA in Public Management). He has published over 200 articles in subject 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 Campus of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology at Castlebar and 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 and past National Diving Officer 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 a non-executive Director of Dublin Business School – the largest private university level college in Ireland – and is Chairperson of the Board of the National College of Art and Design. He is currently chairing a review of training and development in An Garda Siochana (the Irish Police Service). He has recently written a biography of Ireland’s Regional Technical Colleges, the forerunners to the Institutes of Technology, which was published by the Institute of Public Administration.