Mr Richardson is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and has previously served as High Commissioner to Ghana and Director of the Africa Section in DFAT. He was most recently Director of the Department's Resources and Business Liaison Section, representing Australia in such bodies as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative and the Kimberley Process on conflict diamonds.
Mr Richardson has also served as Counsellor at the Australian High Commission in London, working on African and Commonwealth issues, and at Australian Embassies in Moscow and Belgrade.
Mr Richardson holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the Australian National University and a Master of Business Administration from Henley Management College in the UK. He speaks French and Russian.