Richard has been an Assistant Vice Principal and Director of Sixth Form with 21 years teaching experience with an exemplary career in Teesside in the North East of England. After completing his Bachelor of Education (Honours) Physical Education in Bedford he moved to teach in the North East of England. Richard has been a well-respected Senior Leader who has held whole school responsibilities for a wide range of different areas within the schools he as worked at. Richard's passion in education started from his love of swimming teaching for which he is now a Fellow of the Institute of Swimming. Prior to moving out to Hangzhou he was managing and leading a personalised learning centre looking after educational needs of vulnerable students in a 11-18 academy setting. Using his vast experience and being instrumental in setting up foundation learning in Macmillan Academy, he was able to provide excellent educational outcomes for these students who had incredibly challenging life experiences. Richard is passionate about Mental and Emotional well-being and has guest spoken at conferences and events on the impact of stress on employees and the damage to business productivity. Richard’s academic teaching experience includes A Level and GCSE Physical Education and has led a consistently positive outcome sports vocational course. Outside of the workplace he loves many sports & outdoor sports although his age is reducing the seriousness of the participation. During his earlier adult life, he was proud to say that he represented his country at Rugby League gain five caps and scored a try against England.