Richard has retired from clinical dental practice but continues to supervise PhD students within the School of Dentistry.
Richard has published widely within Dentistry with over 160 peer reviewed articles, 7 Textbooks and 12 Book Chapters. The text book Paediatric Dentistry, now in its 5th edition and published also in Russian and Portuguese, is the standard text in Paediatric Dentistry in all UK and Ireland Dental Schools.
Richard qualified in dentistry (1978) and medicine (1984) from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He successfully defended his PhD on ‘Composite resins and glass polyalkenoate cements in Paediatric Dentistry’ in 1989 and in 1991 he was appointed Regional Consultant/Senior Clinical Lecturer in Newcastle. From 2001 -2015 he was Professor of Paediatric Dentistry in Glasgow, where he was also Director of Post Graduate Education and Deputy Head of the Under Graduate School. Between November 2015 – 2019 Richard was Professor of Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and Hon Consultant at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. In September 2019 on retirement he was awarded Emeritus status at UCLan Richard was President of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (2001-2002) and President of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry (2006-2008). Latterly he was Dean of the Dental Faculty of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (2013-2016). In June 2019 Richard became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queens Birthday Honours for services to Paediatric Dentistry, Dental Education and the Safeguarding of Children