Richard graduated as an electrical and electronic engineer and started his career in BBC Radio Engineering. Following on he moved into telecommunications as systems engineer for BT in Global Sales and then into SmartTrust to develop new content services for mobile devices. In 2003, after leaving SmartTrust, he launched the Oz Clarke Mobile Wine Guide in conjunction with his publisher on several mobile networks.
In 2005 he joined Morpho, now Idemia, to run their applications and solution business. When Idemia became a GOV.UK identity provider he moved to a business development role to promote their IDP and biometric identity services in the UK market. He is a keen sailor, photographer and classic car enthusiast.