The 49-year-old, who has been at the paper since it launched in 1999, will take over in October when Andrew leaves to take on a new role overseas, as editor-in-chief of the Melbourne Age.
Richard (pictured) said he was looking forward to taking on his first editorship.
He said: “I’m absolutely delighted.
“The Sunday Herald is a fantastic paper and I’m looking forward to taking it onwards and upwards.”
He also worked for the Daily Record as deputy features editor before joining the Sunday Herald as production editor.
“However, Richard presented some very exciting ideas for developing the paper while convincing me he could continue the Sunday Herald’s award-winning reputation for high-quality Scottish journalism.”
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