Richard joins Healthwatch Cumbria with a wealth of life experience. He is 78 years old and although he now lives in Cumbria, his roots are in the South of England. When Richard was 16, he started a career as a journalist; at 32 he attended Lancaster University studying Political Theory. In his 50s he attended Liverpool and Durham universities studying Prehistoric Archaeology. He also took an Open University course in Philosophy. Prior to his retirement he had his own business – a small village shop. He writes poetry and is about to publish a book on social organisation.