Richard was a senior executive for 17 years at Woolworths Holdings, the South African food and clothing retailer. He served on the board of the operating company for ten years and on the publicly listed holding company for seven years. Richard's most recent role was as operations and financial services director of Woolworths Holdings, which trades in 17 African and Middle East countries, and where he was accountable for financial services, global supply chain, information technology and corporate strategy.
Richard has held a number of roles within Woolworths, including being the Chairman of the Wooltru Healthcare Fund for six years and trustee of Wooltru Pension Fund. He has also served on the boards of Netactive (a publicly listed ISP) and Business Recovery Services.