- Member for: Central Scotland
- Party: Scottish National Party
- Date of Birth: 12 June 1950
Richard joined the SNP in 1966, and was elected as a councillor for Motherwell District in a by election in October 1976, and was re-elected at each local government election till 2012 when he had to stand down since being elected as an MSP in 2011.
Richard was SNP Group Leader in Motherwell District and North Lanarkshire from 1976 till 2011 and was SNP Group Leader in Cosla from 2007 till 2009
Health, sport and politics
Member of the Institute of Credit Management
Richard worked in the financial sector with the Royal Bank of Scotland and within the credit industry.