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Richard Frederick Challis was born on April the 7th 1924 in Stafordshire, England, the 5th child of 10. His father was a master painter, and his efforts to feed his large family during the great depression of the 1930's is the basis of the novel "The Old Firm".
Richard was apprenticed at 15 and gradually rose to become the area sales manager for his company for the North of England. This is told in Richard's business autobiography "Time and Chance"
Richard migrated to Australia in 1964 and was his company's regional Manager for the Far East and Oceania. His international travels are related in the novel "When Angels Travel".
After leaving his company, Richard became a lecturer at the Elton Mayo School of Management (Now part of the University of South Australia) specialising in international marketing.