Richard has been in the automotive industry since the age of 18. Starting at an Auckland Retail Dealership, Richard progressed from Retail Sales to Sales Manager and then later to General Manager. Currently Richard is Joint Managing Director of the Giltrap Group of Companies and is responsible for all wholesale and distribution facets of the company. Richard is a Director of Hyundai New Zealand and held the role of President for the New Zealand Motor Industry Association from 2002 to 2006. Richard is 43 years of age, married to Sarah and has three children: Sophie, Marco and Harriette. Richard is a keen follower of all motorsports, rugby, mountain biking, hockey and Alpine skiing.