Richard is Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment in the Scottish Government.

He was first elected as a North East MSP in 1999 before winning the Moray by-election in 2006.

Richard was born in Paisley in 1969 and was educated at Williamwood High School, Clarkston, Glasgow.

He graduated with BA Honours in Political Studies from Stirling University and was employed as Office Manager for Alex Salmond from 1994-98 during which time he contested both local and national elections.

Richard is married with one son and lives in Elgin.

Constituency Office

9 Wards Road, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1NL

Phone number: 01343 551111
Fax number: 01343 556355

Parliamentary Office

The Scottish Parliament Edinburgh EH99 1SP

Phone number: 0131 348 5712
Fax number: 0131 348 5737