Richard considered it a great honour to serve as Treasurer of the Anchor Society in 1999, and elected President in 2006. He feels very strongly about loneliness and social isolation amongst older people believing that modern society is rich enough and inventive enough to do something about it.
He played a major part along with with Bob Durie and Paul Rowe in the founding of LinkAge in 2008. The principle aims of LinkAge are to address loneliness and social isolation, and improve health and wellbeing amongst older people, and to build resilient and cohesive local communities and neighbourhoods. Richard served as Chairman of LinkAge between 2011 and 2017.