- Candidate for Kavel
My name’s Richard and I’m 43 and a proud South Australian. Both sides of my family go back to the first settlers in South Australia. Like a lot of other South Australians I was born in the old Queen Victoria Hospital in Rose Park, Adelaide.
I live in the Adelaide hills with my wife, Karin, and our two children – one of each! We’ve been married for over twenty years and have lived in Kavel for about ten years. Karin works in the retail industry. She has competed in marathons and triathlons and enjoys running and walking with friends. I am a Port Power supporter and both my kids are members of the Port Adelaide Football Club.
My parents live locally in Rockleigh, near Callington. They have lived there for about 25 years. I am one of three brothers. We lived in Broken Hill for a few years when we were very young. It was a great place in which to be a little kid. My bike had solid rubber tyres due to the three corner jacks and my nickname was Dynamite.
My grandparents’ lives, like many others, were shaped by the Great Depression and WW2. My paternal grandfather was an Industrial Magistrate. My maternal grandfather was a factory worker. My father was a RAA patrol man and mechanic in Broken Hill, in the days when you had to do everything in the bush in that role. He went on to do adult education and became a teacher. Dad has retired but still does relief teaching. My parents love living in the country and couldn't wait to return after having to be in Adelaide for our schooling.
As a kid, I went to St Leonard’s Primary School then Immanuel College. I always loved sports and have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. After school, I attended the University of South Australia and gained a Bachelor of Applied Science; Gradate Diploma of Social Science; Diploma in Business and a Master in Rehabilitation Counselling. I was in the Army Reserve as a young man. I’ve done professional training in leadership and management and am a Professional Member of the Australian Institute of Management.
I work for Employers Mutual in a management role as a Group Case Manager, with 40 staff. My job is to ensure that four claims teams are productive and efficient.
My passion is about helping people out of a bad place into a better place. I worked in the workers compensation field for approximately twenty years. As a young man, I started work in the Department of Correctional Services. At the age of 21, I survived a ruptured appendix. That gave me a valuable shock. I became even more interested in wellness and fitness. As a uni student and part-time gym instructor, I had a conversation one day with profound consequences.
The topic was about helping people who had been injured at work to get well and return to their lives. This cast the dye for my continuing passion. Research tells us that failing to get back to work is more dangerous to a person’s health than taking a job on a North Sea oil rig.
I am a member of the Lutheran church and have a very strong commitment to social justice and fairness. In my spare time I like to tend to my fruit trees and vegie patch. I like a glass of red, a port in the winter or a cold beer with my wife on a hot day.