Richard joined Variety Club in 1981 and was appointed to the Crew in 1990. In 1991 he became Chairman of the Sunshine Coach Committee, holding the position for 10 years, during which time the new livery for the coaches came into being. Subsequently, Richard chaired the Cinema Collection Committee and the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund for several years. He jointly started the Movie Club and Party Night and initiated the Wills and Legacy Committee - and then helped introduce this to Variety Clubs International. He later started and chaired the Professionals Committee, which has organised the annual Gastronomic Dinner - a hugely successful fundraiser - for many years.