Richard graduated from Southampton Institute with a first class honours degree in Maritime Science in 1998. After a period working for the offshore oil industry based out of Aberdeen, he came ashore to work as an academic at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, where he designed and delivered courses in meteorology, oceanography, and underwater acoustics. Richard also completed a PhD in 2005, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in 2006, and worked part-time with the Open University’s distance learning programmes.

Following 10 years at the Royal Naval College, Richard joined the University of Plymouth, setting up and leading their distance learning department, offering flexible degrees to students in over 40 countries.

After 3 years as a Director at the University of Plymouth, he founded and launched MLA College with the IMarEST in 2014. MLA College specialises in delivering the highest quality education to students all over the world using technology-enhanced distance learning. MLA College Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees are now being studied successfully by hundreds of students all over the world.

Richard has won national and international awards for bringing enterprise into HE, for engaging with industry, and for embedding mobile learning technologies within academic programmes. He is a Chartered Marine Scientist, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an IMarEST Fellow.