Richard is Chairman of the Estates Board which comprises Trustees and Senior Managers.
After a career in the Army, Richard studied at the Royal Agricultural University, then worked as a Land Agent and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor.
He was a local Councillor in West Berkshire in the 1990s and then pursued a further career in politics before being elected to Parliament for the Newbury constituency in 2005. From 2010 to 2013 he was Environment Minister at DEFRA. He chaired the All-Party Parliamentary Environment Group, was a member of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee and led the UK delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Richard stood down as an MP in 2019.
He is a Privy Councillor and now sits in the House of Lords as Lord Benyon of Englefield.
Richard is a Trustee or Patron of many local charities, was a founder Trustee of Help for Heroes and lives at Englefield with his wife Zoe and their family.