Richard opened Wilson Thomas in Lower Parkstone in 1992 with Justin Thomas, before moving to expand the firm by opening in Broadstone in the autumn of 1996. The Poole Town Centre completed the expansion to date when it opened in February of 2000. Before opening the Company, Richard had started his career working for his father who was a Director, originally a partner, of Goadsby and Harding, where he stayed for 8 years. Born and brought up in Poole, Richard is very much the family man with two sons, whilst his wife is the Accounts Director of the firm. Away from the office, apart from family time, Richard is a keen golfer and avid football and cricket fan.