Richard, 40, was born in Hull but now lives and works in Leeds and is the director of Calibre Search, a recruitment consultant. He is married to wife Yvonne. Interview by Neil Hudson
What’s your earliest memory?
Holidays in Anglesey in North Wales listening to Don Mclean and Doctor Hook in the car with my brother. It was great to finally see Don Mclean in the flesh at the York Barbican in May this year 35 years on.
If you could pass a new law, what would it be and why?
I would ensure it was illegal for MPs to take second jobs in the private sector whilst in office. It would require their salaries to be increased to compensate but we may get better public service from our representatives. I would also have a minimum requirement for their attendance at Westminster and the number of surgeries they conduct in their local constituencies.
What would you like to consign to Room 101?
There’s one programme which is on all the time and which to me is a perfect example of the dumbing down of television. BBC’s The One Show is just awful, a sort of Blue Peter for adults. Room 101 is the best place for it!
When were you happiest?
At Wembley eight minutes into the FA Cup Final when Hull City were 2-0 up… it did not last long.
What would you rescue from your house if it was burning down?
Ian, Barry and Nermal… my cats. They’re all cats that we rescued, or perhaps I should say they decided we should rescue them. Ian and Nermal stalked us for about a month before we finally let them move in a couple of weeks before our honeymoon. They were in a bad way and my wife nursed them back to health. Barry is the old man of the trio. He’s always kept us on his toes with his toilet habits; unfortunately he prefers clothes to the litter tray. We only ever planned to have one cat but seem to have been picked by these three and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What would your super power be and why?
Mind control... in my job it would come in very useful.
What would you most like to achieve in life and why?
Not so much an achievement but an intention - to travel to some of the world’s most interesting sites I’ve not had chance to yet such as Machu Picchu in Peru, Tiahuanaco in Bolivia, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and the Giza Plateau in Egypt.
You have an interest in history, it seems, or archaeology at least... where does that come from?
I studied history and always maintained an interest in modern and ancient history. Whilst at university I read the controversial books ‘The Orion Mystery’ by Robert Bauval and ‘Fingerprints of the Gods’ by Graham Hancock and I have been hooked on ancient mysteries ever since so to see it in the flesh would be amazing.