Richard Heald OBE is a highly respected expert in UK-Indian & Asian trade and serves as Executive Chair of the UK India Business Council (UKIBC).
He brings a wealth of experience and an extensive network of contacts to his role at UKIBC, a non-profit membership organisation established to promote trade and business relations between the UK and India. The UKIBC also supports the Department for International Trade (DIT) in working towards a UK-India Free Trade Agreement. In addition, the UKIBC offers its membership and clients consultancy and sector-focused policy advocacy in areas such as the digital economy, infrastructure, sustainable energy, healthcare, and retail.
Richard advises major corporates, trade bodies and governments internationally. He is a non-executive director at logistics company TVS SCS Ltd and is an Advisory Council Member of Essar Oil UK Ltd as well as on the Advisory Board of IndusFace Pvt Ltd, an Indian software company specialising in cybersecurity. He sits on the Panel of Experts at the India-UK Financial Partnership and is a member of the CBI’s International Trade & Investment Committee and is a DIT Midlands Investment Champion.
His knowledge and interest in blockchain technology led to his appointment as a non-executive director at the Abu Dhabi-based Anglo-Gulf Trade Bank, one of the world’s first global digital banks, from 2017 to 2020.
Before taking up his role at the UKIBC, Richard worked for Rothschild, latterly as Vice Chairman & Partner in South and SE Asia where he advised UK, Asian and Indian companies on capital raisings, M&A and the provision of debt and restructuring. He has over 30 years of experience in international financial markets.
Richard graduated from Exeter College, University of Oxford with a degree in Law.
In 2016 Richard was awarded an OBE for services to economic and trade relations between the UK and India.