Richard joined Fairplay Publications, publisher of Fairplay shipping weekly magazine, in August 1984 as markets editor. In 1995 he launched Fairplay Daily News, which gave him a decade of breaking major news stories. He stepped up to editing the flagship Fairplay magazine in 2007, led a rejuvenation of the publication, and shifted Fairplay from an emphasis on ships to an understanding of the Business of Shipping. During this time, Fairplay Publications was acquired by IHS, a Denver, headquartered data and analytics business; Fairplay became IHS Maritime and Trade.
In 2013, he joined IHS's Research and Analytics team, working with analysts to improve accessibility to research, and two years later returned to the editorial team, where now writes thought-leadership articles, edits supplements and gives presentations on shipping. In mid-2016 IHS merged with financial data provider Markit to form IHS Markit.