The Gordonian Association, formerly the Gordon’s College Former Pupils Association, was established in the year 1900.
The objects of the Association are to promote and maintain cooperation amongst Gordonians, both at home and abroad; to further the welfare of Gordonians; to provide support and assistance to the established Gordonian Sports Sections; to act as a parent Association to Branches throughout the world and to further the relationship with Robert Gordon’s College in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the College.
Richard attended Robert Gordon's College from 1951 to 1962 and then Lawers School of Agriculture. Later he studied accountancy and economics at Glasgow College whilst in the early stages of his business career. An entrepreneur with over fifty years experience in mining, earthworks, infrastructure and civil engineering, he founded and operated Companies in the UK, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and Australia.
He is Chief Executive of Banlaw Africa Ltd, an International Company which he founded and developed with contracting interests in a number of Central and West African Countries. After twenty years, he diversified the business to become an Investment company, principally in lithium mining and processing, renewable energy, battery storage and Tesla cars. He has considerable international corporate knowledge and understanding of construction contract law.
Richard is married to Margaret and has two grown-up children and one grandchild. He lived in Africa for many years but has maintained a country home in the Clyde Valley since 1980 where he now lives. In his spare time he enjoys managing and tending the woodlands, orchards and gardens as well as other country pursuits. He is the only third generation Gordonian to assume the role of President of the Gordonian Association.