Richard is a geoscientist concerned particularly with contributing to the safe and effective utilization of sub-surface environments. He was awarded a degree in geology by Durham University in 1986 and a PhD by Bristol University in 1990, for research into low-temperature water / rock interactions. After briefly lecturing geochemistry at Leeds University he then spent 9 years working at the British Geological Survey. Subsequently he moved to Japan where he was employed for 3 years at the Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute, before joining Quintessa in 2002. Richard has worked on many projects in varied fields, but especially projects connected with radioactive waste management and carbon dioxide storage. He is particularly interested in the acquisition and interpretation of geochemical information to support safety assessments. He is also concerned to integrate wide-ranging geoscientific information to support decision making, notably using Quintessa’s TESLA software.