Richard’s career started in the steel industry and later moved to project engineering in polyurethanes industry. He joined Dow Chemical in engineering function in 1971 and progressed from project engineer for major expansion in agricultural chemicals in 1975, to manufacturing management of large agricultural chemicals facility and control of contract manufacturing of new compounds until 1987, and then technology centre project manager responsible for new compound scale up at contract manufacturing until 1989.
From 1989 to 2003 he worked in process safety management for Dow Europe and global leader for process safety technology for Dow Agrosciences and was member of policy and standards setting group.
From 2003 to the current day he has been the Technical Director of European Process Safety Centre and chair of Buncefield PSLG group which produced HSE guidance on LOPA for Fuel Storage sites.
From 2003 onward Richard has also been an independent Process Safety Specialist with emphasis on LOPA.