Teacher (RS, History)
Richard went up to Lincoln College Oxford in 1980 having won an Exhibition (subsequently a Scholarship) to study for a Modern History BA. After gaining his First Class degree and working for the Centre for Policy Studies (a political think-tank), he began studying for a Doctorate in Anglo-German Relations in the Early Seventeenth Century, continuing at Lincoln as a postgraduate. This involved two years’ study in Germany, having won a FVS (Hanseatic) Scholarship. During this time his calling to the priesthood was confirmed and after his MLitt, he began vocational training for the priesthood at Mirfield in West Yorkshire.
After another First Class degree in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Leeds, he served a curacy at Saint Giles-in-Reading. Since then he has spent time as Assistant Chaplain at Merchant Taylors’ School in Northwood, Senior Chaplain at Ardingly College, Rector in the Shill Valley and Broadshire Benefice in West Oxfordshire and Chaplain at Uppingham.
Since 2009 he has been the Chaplain at Lancing College, where he teaches History and Religious Studies. Richard also regularly visits Lancing's preps schools in Hove and Worthing, where he is also Chaplain.