Richard is the Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police having taken up the role in December, 2021. Prior to this Richard was the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police.
Richard is originally from Carmarthenshire in West Wales and joined Dyfed-Powys Police in 2000.
Richard has worked in a variety of roles in uniform and CID as well as working as the Head of the Professional Standards Department and he Chaired the Wales Counter Corruption Working Group. He served in every rank up to (and including) Deputy Chief Constable at Dyfed Powys Police.
In 2010, Richard gained a Fulbright Scholarship, a prestigious educational programme, at Pennsylvania State University where he studied Taser deployments leading to adverse incidents. The work was conducted in policing agencies as diverse as Dallas, Seattle and New York Police Departments. The majority of his time in the United States was spent working with the Emergency Service Unit of NYPD, based in Brooklyn.
Richard has also guest edited the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4 and served as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Richard holds two National Police Chiefs’ Council portfolios, leading on Drugs and Policing Performance and gained his PhD with Bath Spa University studying change management.