Director, Ferrier Research Institute.

Richard founded and grew the Industrial Research (now Callaghan Innovation) Carbohydrate Chemistry research team for the last 20 years. He has been involved with (and for a year managed) the GlycoSyn business unit, which undertakes process development and cGMP manufacturing by organic chemical synthesis of small molecule drugs for use in proof-of-concept human clinical trials.

Together Richard manages a total of 55 technical and support staff. He has a PhD in Chemistry and had post-doctoral positions at the University of Montana (USA) and Victoria University, before joining DSIR Chemistry in 1980, and which became IRL in 1992.