Richard is a Wuthathi man from East Coast of Cape York. He grew up on Thursday Island before moving to Darwin. He is educated, through Monash and Melbourne Universities and gained a degree in Social Work and a Masters degree in Public Policy.

Richard has written a number of short and feature film scripts, and has been planning a travel documentary with his son to ride through the Philippines Arcpaligo on dirt bikes sharing stories of remote villages and exploring the extremes of the country. He has 4 films in various stages of production and is currently producing and executive producing 3 others for young filmmakers. He was granted funding for a short film through Metro Screen NSW for his film ‘Dust Up’ – which had its first public screening in front of 20,000 people and received positive feedback. He continues working toward producing and directing feature films and documentaries.

Richard had a successful 16-year diplomatic career with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He served overseas for 3 years as the Australian Consul in the Philippines and other short term missions in PNG, and the UK. He worked on the critically important Bali Bombings in 2002 and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for efforts during the incredibly difficult period.