Rich lives with his family on Horns Road in Stroud with his wife and two young sons. He has been working on creating social change his whole life, first as an environmental campaigner and for the last 12 years as a community organiser and democracy campaigner. He is currently the director of the Osca, Social Change Agency.
He has written many significant publications on political reform including:
- Civic Limits: How To Get More People Involved
- Anti Hero: The Hidden Revolution in Leadership and Change.
- Post Party Politics, People and Participation,
Rich was brought up in the Ceiriog Valley in north Wales where his family still live. His Father is an optician and Mother a nurse. Even when he was a child Richard was always very interested in local politics, environmental and agricultural matters.
Rich and his family choose to move to Stroud in 2011, because of the areas unique mixture of town, country and culture, as well as having friends and family living in the area. This was just after his first son was born and his second son was born in Stroud.
Richard’s political views could be described left leaning, usually voting for Labour or the Greens. However at the core of why he is standing is that he passionately feels that the current party structure does not work for people like him and they create artificial divisions across society which are unhelpful.
Richard works for OSCA — the Social Change Agency