Richard is a former British Ambassador to Oman (1994-99). In his career as a diplomat he served in in a number of other Middle East posts including as Ambassador to Kuwait. In London he was a member of the Foreign Office Board of Management and Chief Inspector of the Diplomatic Service.
Richard was Chairman of the Society from 2004 to 2012 since when he has been a Vice President. He is currently Director of the Altajir Trust in London, producing among other publications a history of the Gulf States ‘The Emergence of the Gulf States’, Bloomsbury 2016, and Chairman of the Sir William Luce Memorial Fund based at Durham University which focuses on issues of governance in the Gulf States and Sudan.