During Richard's considerable time spent in industry his main role was carrying out Residential and Commercial Building Surveys. His main area of expertise was Building Surveys, Schedules of Dilapidations and Expert Witness Representation. He joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2008. He completed his PGCCET in 2009 and has been awarded a MA in Post Compulsory Education and Training in 2015. The subject of his dissertation was what was the value of a placement to the final year undergraduate in terms of employability and academic performance.
As a Senior Lecturer within the Department of the Natural and Built Environment he teaches predominantly building surveying subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students on RICS accredited courses. He is the module leader in Building Surveying (first year), Surveying of Commercial Buildings (second year), Evaluating Building Condition (Masters level) and Building Surveying Legal and Commercial Studies (Masters Level).
Richard also teaches Computer Aided Design and Building Pathology.