Richard Heald is the UK India Business Council (UKIBC) Chair since 2022. Prior to this he was its Chief Executive Officer for 10 years during which time the UKIBC has evolved into a deliverer of sector focused policy advocacy and consultancy to members, stakeholders, and major corporates as well as a full provider of trade and investment services to Indian and UK companies operating in the UK India economic corridor with offices in India.

A career investment banker, he enjoyed 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, Richard had a 17-year career at Rothschild culminating in acting as Vice Chairman, Rothschild, India with associated responsibilities across Southeast Asia and a Partner of Rothschild. He retains extensive relationships across the region.

In addition to his chairmanship of UKIBC he is a Managing Director of Essar Energy Transition and a non-executive Director of TVS SCS Ltd.

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


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