Richard graduated from Southampton Institute with a first class honours degree in Maritime Science in 1998, and started his career as an offshore hydrographic surveyor with Fugro.

After several uncomfortable winters spent on a small boat in the North Sea, he came ashore to work as an academic at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth.  Richard designed, taught and delivered programmes in meteorology, oceanography, and underwater acoustics for the Royal Navy; also completing his PhD and working part-time with the Open University’s distance learning programmes.

Following 10 years at the Naval College, Richard moved slightly West to join 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 set up and launched MLA College with the IMarEST in 2014.  MLA College specialises in providing the University of Plymouth accredited Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, along with marine industry training, all by distance learning.  Enhanced by the use of cutting edge learning technologies, MLA College degrees are now being studied successfully by hundreds of seafarers 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 has been Chief Executive of MLA since 2014, is a Chartered Marine Scientist, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an IMarEST Fellow.