Richard started his working career in Japan, working for Komatsu as a Manufacturing Engineer in their Osaka Plant specialising in flexible manufacturing systems and the automation of gear machining.
At the Komatsu manufacturing site in UK he held management positions responsible for Manufacturing Engineering, Product Profitability and New Product introduction.
In 2005 he took special responsibility for the introduction of intelligent Machine Control hydraulic excavators to the European operations. This experience with the innovative machine control products led to a transfer away from manufacturing into the innovation arena and a senior management role within Komatsu Europe managing the introduction of Smart Construction to the European market.
In this current role Richard has been involved in UK Government initiatives on innovation in construction and the global development of innovative solutions for earthmoving.