Richard is a Lead Towpath Ranger and also a resident expert on the Regents Canal, with an astounding encyclopaedic knowledge of the waterway. He is famous among staff for wearing his Canal and River Trust bowler hat on the very popular walks he leads from Angel Tube to Camden Market every other Sunday (and on other open days), inspiring both canal enthusiasts and those who are new to canals. He also coordinates pop-up events and Towpath Ranger activities in East London, home to one of the busiest towpaths in the country.
As a Towpath Ranger, Richard is a member of the main delivery team for the ‘Share the Space, Drop your Pace’ campaign in London, which aims to fulfill the Trust’s commitment to the Better Towpaths for Everyone policy – no mean feat in London, where thousands of people use the towpaths every day.
Richard is the area’s longest-serving volunteer Towpath Ranger and was key in developing the role, in particular developing the ‘Share the Space, Drop your Pace’ campaign. He is a constant guide and companion to other Rangers and encourages the hundreds who take part in his walks to get involved too.