Richard was formerly a senior law firm partner in London specialising in employment law. In 2011 he experienced serious mental illness and was hospitalised. He now splits his time between workplace consultancy Byrne Dean providing training and strategic support to employers around mental health, and leading the Mindful Business Charter, an employer led initiative to reduce the unnecessary stress in the ways we work so as to work more healthily and more effectively. He chairs the Lord Mayor of London’s This is Me campaign which uses storytelling to break down the stigma that still exists around mental illness, is a qualified coach and mental health first aid instructor. In 2018 he published his memoir of mental illness and recovery, This Too Will Pass – Anxiety in a professional world.