Born Richard John Brooks, on the 10th July 1967 in Plymouth, Devon. He attended a secondary modern school until joining the Civil Service as an apprentice plater/boilermaker in HM Dockyard, Devonport.
A misunderstanding of the "Onyerbike" statement from the then Employment Secretary, Norman Tebbit led to Richard moving to Barrow-in-Furness to work in the Trident Submarine design office. During these eight years in Cumbria he covered many chapters in his life. He took an interest in politics, canvassing in the general election campaign for Labour candidate John Hutton (now Lord Hutton) who was fighting to gain the Barrow and Furness seat from the popular Conservative MP Cecil Franks. Richard is proud to have been involved with the subsequent and astonishing 'anti-Trident' Labour candidate's victory over the pro-Trident MP, in an area heavily job-dependent on building Trident submarines. During this time, he also became heavily involved in a local charismatic church having first become a Christian at age 20 in Plymouth. By the time he left Cumbria, Richard had obtained a Master of Science degree from Lancaster University, having worked in VSEL as a radiation physicist. Shortly before leaving for Aberdeen, Richard met and married his now wife of 21 years, Amy.
ABERDEEN: Land of hope and glory
Whilst working in Aberdeen for Lloyd's Register as a legal compliance & safety engineering specialist, Richard became a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered Physicist, and eventually a European Engineer (Eur.Ing.) and somewhat of an expert in UK Safety Legislation. His ongoing religious conviction and interest in social action and social justice led to the founding of the social action group TLC in 2002, working alongside the church in Aberdeen South. His interest in politics continued but due to his church commitments he could not be officially affiliated with any political party. Before making a seismic career change away from the Oil & Gas Industry, Richard had gained a B.Div.(Hons) from Aberdeen University and a Master of Philosophy from Lancaster University. By 2015, Richard had written the leadership book, "The Crown of Absalom", was a religious presentator on satellite TV, and was a regularly speaker internationally on leadership, management and building team. By now, in his late 40's and after 30 years in Shipbuilding, Nuclear, and Oil & Gas sectors, these things needed to make way for his community work.
CORE VALUES: Integrity, honesty and transparency
Richard has lived in Aberdeen for more than 20 years and has built a reputation both professionally and socially for living a life of integrity, honesty and transparency. In 2014, he chaired the Aberdeen South Independence debate which included Richard Baker MSP, Cllr Angela Taylor, Callum McCaig (later an MP) and Professor Hugh Pennington CBE.
A workplace chaplain and lifecoach, Richard gives some of his time to Work Place Chaplaincy Scotland (WPCS) as a City Council Chaplain; and some of his time as a Local Government Chaplain.
His continued commitment to social change has seen many lives transformed through the social action charity TLC. Working with and alongside organisations such as ACVO, Alzheimer Scotland, Aberdeen City Council, and various schools, TLC continues to grow quietly from strength to strength, gaining local (2016 Garthdee Spirit of the Community award) and national (Trussell Trust Partnership) recognition.
Richard and Amy have three children (20, 18, and 13 years old), live on South Anderson Drive, and enjoy reading, walking and community life in the South of the city. Together they lead the leadership team at Aberdeen Christ Central Church in Union Square South and Garthdee.
Richard particularly enjoys study. He has been given an unconditional offer to research Politics at Aberdeen University.
Richard John Brooks
Date of birth
July 10, 1967
South Anderson Drive, Aberdeen, AB10 7PD
Aberdeen South and North Kincardine CLP;
Airyhall, Broomhill and Garthdee
+44 (0)7595 221 068
B.Div.(Hons), M.Phil., M.Sc.
Aberdeen University & Lancaster University
Interests and Experience
Community & Family Education, Development and Transformation;
Social Action/Justice; Law and Legal Reform;
Standards, Procedures Policy and Audit;
Equalities and Human Rights Justice;
Innovation,Technology and Energy (Oil&Gas)
Inequality, Racism, Homophobia, Exclusion and Dishonesty
Football (Aberdeen FC & Plymouth Argyle FC);
Music, Writing, Reading, Walking
Member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
Member of the Institute of Physics
Performance not promises : Let's not lean our whole life on the promises of others. Let's measure and celebrate what has been done by an individual and a community as priority. There are too many that have been ejected, dejected and rejected by today's society. I am working hard to narrow the chasm between those who have and those who have not. Most people do not want a hand-out, they simply need a hand-up. This is both my history and continued goal.
Listening AND Acting : History will record that I listened to the people and fought to implement change. I have personally been responsible for the implementation of community projects for children (School Breakfast clubs), for those in crisis (Three Foodbanks opened) and the socially isolated (Aberdeen-South Befriending Project). I continue to push for social and economical changes in my communities, through hand-ups not just hand-outs.
Two for the price of One : Through every challenge and every success, my wife Amy has held the same pro-active beliefs and behaviours. Together we will not just make promises, but see them happen. We stand together, actively working to see things in our region change, and promises come to pass.
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