Richard has been a PSA national secretary for 11 years. He began working at the union in 1988 as a researcher, and became an organiser three years later, working with PSA members in the health and disability sectors in Auckland.
In 1997 he was appointed operations manager, responsible for PSA members throughout
the country in the health and community sectors. He took up his current position as a national secretary in 2000.
In 2007 Richard was elected vice president of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions (CTU). The CTU represents more than 350,000 New Zealand workers belonging to its 40 affiliated unions.
Currently a member of the Careerforce Board and in 2012 was appointed to the Government’s Better Public Service Advisory Board.