Richard joined the British Army aged 18 and served for nearly 19 years, retiring as a Major in 2015. He spent the majority of his military career working in counter-terrorist bomb disposal completing four operational tours as a 'High-Threat' operator in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. Since leaving the Army, Richard has worked in financial services for both J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank. He now runs his own business helping people to plan their personal finances.
Richard has lived in Croydon since 2014 and is active within the community in Coulsdon. His values are borne of a lifetime of public service combined with a passionate belief in the importance of upholding people’s rights and individual freedoms. Richard is a strong advocate for the benefits of community policing and providing opportunities for young people. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar and spending time with his family.
Richard is campaigning for better housing, improved local accountability and improved transport links.
Croydon is facing a housing crisis on many levels. Not only has our council housing been shamed on national TV for the “worst conditions ever seen”; people continue to struggle finding affordable housing whilst developers focus on maximising profits as opposed to delivering the properties our communities really need. Therefore, as mayor I would:
Croydon Council has suffered from poor accountability leading to two Reports in the Public Interest being issued in less than two years. This is due to both over-centralisation and a lack of scrutiny leaving local communities feeling disillusioned, detached and disenfranchised.
Therefore, as mayor I would:
Croydon is served with great transport links, however these seem to be focussed on taking people out of Croydon as opposed to bringing people in and together. Therefore, as mayor I would:
"Croydon has been home for my family since 2014 and I have developed a strong sense of affection and pride in my town. However, I strongly believe that it deserves better than the mismanagement and maladministration it has suffered under both Labour and Conservative control. That is why I am standing to be Croydon’s first directly elected mayor."