Richard has taken an unorthodox path into agriculture. His working life started in production management at British Steel before a four-year stint in the Falkland Islands where he advised farmers on their diversification plans and project-managed the construction of an EU-approved abattoir. Returning to the UK, he started several food and brewing businesses in Lancashire and The New Forest and, in his spare time, built up a very small flock of Herdwick Sheep, and qualified as a shearer. In February 2021, he met Jeff Allen and the team at Microbz Ltd, initially to help with the brewing of human probiotics. His role now encompasses the development of agricultural microbial products. Richard is studying for a Graduate Certificate in Agriculture at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.