After cutting his teeth at Australia’s central bank, managing a derivatives desk, a proprietary trading desk and a hedge fund, from the mid nineties has operated as a “business angel”, backing more early-stage companies than anyone else in the United Kingdom. Many of these more than 75 unquoted companies have successfully floated on the market or have been acquired. Highlights include the sister club to Home Grown, Home House, Net-a-Porter and Reggae Reggae Sauce. His appearances on Dragons’ Den earned him the moniker “Mr. Nice” as he became reportedly its most popular panelist ever, offering constructive advice and the many offers for investment.

Richard’s book Taming the Lion, has received over 50 favorable media reviews, and been released in many languages worldwide. Richard also featured in the documentary “Australian Story, There But For Fortune”.  An avid chess player,  Richard has competed at two Chess Olympics.

As the original investor to Home House, Richard can often be found in Home House and Home Grown and featured in the first of our Rockstar series at Home Grown sharing his story  to success.

As a care leaver, he is a passionate supporter and spokesman for foster children.