Richard Heald joined the UK India Business Council (UKIBC) as its Chief Executive Officer in September 2010 and stepped up to Executive Chair in August 2020 and as Chair from October 2022. Before joining the UK India Business Council, he worked for Rothschild for over 17 years and has over 30 years’ experience of the international financial markets, 20 years of which has been focused on advisory and capital raisings for governments and major corporate across the globe.

Latterly, he worked as Vice Chairman, Rothschild, India, where he played a key role in advising numerous UK and Indian companies on spin-offs and capital raisings, secondary capital raisings, outbound and inbound M&A as well as the provision of debt and restructuring.

During this time and subsequently at the UK India Business Council he has built up an extensive network of Indian and UK corporate contacts. Over the past years, the UK India Business Council has expanded rapidly extending its scope and reach both in India and in the UK. Laterally, the organisation has evolved into a full provider of export services to small and medium sized companies with offices in Mumbai, Bangalore and Gurgaon as well as regional representation across the UK. The UK India Business Council also provides sector focused policy advocacy and consultancy to members and major corporates.

Richard was awarded an OBE in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to economic and trade relations between the UK and India.

The UK India Business Council is the sole accredited UK Government Overseas Business Network Initiative provider for India.

Richard is a graduate from Oxford University with a degree in law and is married with two daughters.

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