Richard’s family have lived in Dumfries and Galloway for three generations. Born in India and educated in the UK, he used to spend many school holidays with his grand parents who lived in Knockbrex by Carrick beach. He joined the Army in 1976 and left having commanded a Battery of 160 men on operations in Northern Ireland. On leaving the Army he took over a family business on the shores of Loch Ken, now known as the Galloway Activity Centre (GAC).
The activity centre has developed from a field of ragwort into one of the largest activity centres in Scotland seeing between 10,000-15,000 visitors a year. Richard is passionate about promoting sustainable, green tourism for which there is a growing demand. His latest initiative is a fledgling business that provides off grid luxury holidays in a number of “eco” bothies each of which command spectacular views across Loch Ken. The centre has taken a huge number of school children of all abilities and walks of life on activity based holidays. Many of these children participate in the John Muir Award Scheme which promotes and raises the profile and the significance of the environment. His centre is an ambassador for sustainable tourism and GAC has recently been awarded the biosphere mark in recognition of its efforts to promote sustainable tourism.
Richard sits on a number of committees, including Visit South West Scotland and his own Community Council. In his spare time he has taken up sail foiling and wind foiling (coals to Newcastle?), both of which he does – badly!