Richard spent the first 18 years of his life on a Town Supply dairy farm near Rangiora. Richard's previous farming experience gives Richard an intimate knowledge of the farming sector and its operation, from a practical day to day basis right through to the financial operation and detail. Richard has a B. Ag. Com. from Lincoln College and a B. Com. from the University of Canterbury. Richard is a member of the New Zealand Institute Of Primary Industry Management. Initially Richard was in Partnership with a fellow Accountant. For the last 25 years Richard has been a sole practitioner. He and his wife Jo have three children.