Mr Heald joined the UK India Business Council as its Chief Executive Officer in September 2010 and has recently stepped up to Chair as of September 2020.
Since Richard’s arrival, the UK India Business Council, working in partnership with the Department for International Trade (DIT), has expanded rapidly extending its scope and reach both in India and in the UK. Latterly, 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 in areas such as infrastructure, the digital economy, healthcare, learning, advanced manufacturing & defence, retailing.
The UK India Business Council acts as secretariat for the UK Prime Minister for the UK India CEO Forum and for the UK Government in the Joint Economic Trade Committee (JETCO).
Mr Heald was appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to economic and trade relations between UK and India on 11th June 2016.
Before joining the UKIBC, he worked as Vice Chairman, Rothschild, South and South East Asia where he played a key role in advising numerous UK, Asian 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.
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 corporates across the globe.
Mr Heald is a graduate from Oxford University with a degree in law and is married with two daughters.
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