Richard has had a varied career which started a long way from golf. Originally an under graduate trainee at British Leyland Trucks, he started life as a manufacturing engineer before training with Price Waterhouse in London to become a Chartered Accountant. Post qualification Richard worked in the London Corporate Recovery Group for Price Waterhouse before leaving for Toronto in Canada on what should have been a 2 year assignment. Two years quickly became an eventful seven years with Richard leaving Price Waterhouse to join Canada’s leading Business Valuation practice, but returning a year later to be admitted to the partnership as a Corporate Finance partner. However, when Richard’s father in law was retiring in 1999, the opportunity to get into the golf business beckoned and together with his wife Sally, bought Chichester Golf Club. Since then, Richard has used his turn-around skills on a number of businesses including two golf clubs which now make up part of the Maple Leaf portfolio, namely Hill Barn & Horton Park Golf Clubs. Away from his role as CEO of Maple Leaf Golf, Richard is a keen cyclist, having cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2012 in aid of Alzheimer’s Research.