Richard is the founding co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Research Involvement and Engagement, and has also co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed publications.
He is a patient who has (so far) survived two cancers, a heart emergency, and continued co-morbidities and late effects. He has participated in four interventional studies and nine others.
Richard has been a patient advocate for over two decades and has sat on and chaired strategic groups in the UK and Europe, as well as working on individual research studies as a patient partner.
He also works with industry and patient groups in Europe, Canada and the USA, he helped found the AllTrials campaign and useMYdata movement, and he was an advisor to the UK Government during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his professional life he has been a teacher, journalist, author, broadcaster and local government officer, manager and director.