Meet the HRGS Chairman

Richard E. Emmett MSc GCGI PGDip – archaeology

Richard Emmett – Chair

Richard’s Working Career

Here is a potted history for Richard who was born in Essex in 1956.  He was a cadet with his local Squadron of the Air Training Corps, gaining his ‘gliding proficiency certificate’ and achieving rank of cadet flight sergeant.  He realised his career path and joined the Hampshire Constabulary as a police cadet in 1974 and on turning 19, he graduated into the regular police force. Then in 1978 Richard transferred into the City of London Police.

During his spare time, he volunteered to run cadet detachments with the Army Cadet Force in London as an instructor and was commissioned with them in 1979.  In 1988, Richard took the Queen’s commission once again, serving as movement control officer with 162 Regiment Royal Corps of Transport then the Royal Logistic Corps, Territorial Army (TA).  During his service with the TA he achieved the rank of Captain.  In 1991, he took three months away from his main work to be a group leader on an ‘Operation Raleigh’ scientific expedition for ‘young venturers’ to Chile, South America. He went onto the reserve of army officers in 1995 to concentrate on his professional career, but in 2005, Richard returned to the TA as a liaison officer, with the District Reinforcement Team, HQ London District.

Richard enjoys scuba diving and eventually became semi-professional trainer as a Course Director/Master Instructor with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), and trained as a first aid Instructor Trainer with Emergency First Response (EFR). He has received a total of three certificates for excellence from students for scuba training and has come to the aid of two collapsed members of the public and successfully performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on them.

From 2002 until he retired from the police service in 2005, Richard was seconded to the London Resilience Team working on emergency planning management across London. During his 30-year police service, he has received two Commanders’ commendations and a Chief Superintendant’s certificate of merit. He has completed three London marathons, and in 2007 he was made a Freeman of the City of London.

Richard’s Link with Kent & HRGS

In 2004, Richard met and married Theresa, moving from Essex to live in Upchurch, Kent.  Here he completed his Masters of Science degree (Emergency Planning Management); graduated with the City and Guilds Institute in (Leadership and Management); and graduated with a Post-Graduate Diploma in archaeology.  With exception of the City and Guilds qualification in Leadership and Management, Richards’s academic qualifications were achieved through the University of Leicester.

In 2009, Richard joined the Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne (HRGS) and in 2010 joined the committee.  He retired from the Territorial Army in 2011. and in 2014, Richard was elected chairman of HRGS.  Through his determination, he has successfully facilitated the groups move into a shopping unit and oversees a team of volunteers who man a historical/archaeological exhibition called the Heritage Hub. In its first year alone, the exhibition attracted over 7000 visitors.

Projects and Talks

Richard enthusiastically and energetically leads on several of the HRGS projects – Bredhurst archaeology, Rose Hill archaeology and the Sittingbourne War Memorials.  In 2016, Richard was runner up in the ‘Swale Volunteer Awards’ for volunteering contribution to creativity, culture or heritage.  In 2017, Richard was part of the project team that won national Association of Community Rail Partnerships award for the best Community Engagement event – The Ambulance Train, by leading the research and organising the Sittingbourne event in The Forum.  Additionally, Richard finds the time to champion Swale and Sittingbourne’s heritage by being a trustee and Vice Chair of Historic Swale, core group member and ‘fund raiser’of the ‘Wheels of Time’ initiative, a member of the Swale Borough Council World War One Commemorations steering group, Kent Archaeological Society Field Work Committee, Sittingbourne Museum and Heritage Centre Working Group and a War Memorials Trust learning volunteer. Richard regularly provided illustrated talks for the HRGS and to numerous local groups, on topics of local history, military history and archaeology.

A list of the Talk Subjects that Richard covers is available here.