Graves contributed significantly to the internationalisation of BSLT throughout ‘80s and ‘90s, and this remains a key platform for the development of the school. He retained a wide network of colleagues and friends across the world, from his work as both educator and consultant, by whom he will be greatly missed.

Richard Graves had a great sense of humour and was always a popular figure at BSLT among both students and colleagues. Coming from the tanning industry he also provided a hands-on practical approach to teaching to compliment the classroom theory.