Richard is the son of Polish wartime refugees. He has lived in Fortune Green for 25 years, where he brought up his family, sending his daughter to local Camden state schools. He has been a railway worker, special adviser to a Labour cabinet minister and now a government relations consultant. A Fortune Green councillor since 2014, he is the Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation. He is a passionate advocate for Camden schools and was the only Fortune Green councillor to completely support the new Kingsgate primary school extension. He is also a governor at Hampstead school.