Richard started his career within the chemical industry with Courtaulds Research Ltd in 1985 following a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Liverpool. With substantial research, operations and global commercial experience, Richard has been managing director of specialty chemicals company, Surfachem Group Ltd, Leeds, part of 2M Holdings Ltd, since 2012. He is a director of 2M Holdings Ltd.   He obtained an MBA from Warwick University Business School. Since 1999 he has held various director, managing director and chief operating officer roles within the following international chemical manufacturing companies – Oxford Chemicals (UK), James Robinson (UK) and Vivimed Labs (India).   His chemical business interests span the manufacturing and marketing of flame retardants; fine sulphur chemicals for use in agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals; high-impact aroma chemicals for flavour and fragrances; actives and adjuvants which are used in personal care and home-care products and in the institutional, industrial and pharmaceutical sectors.    Richard is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Fellow of the UK Institute of Directors through which he is a Chartered Director. He is vice chairman and a non-executive director of the trade body NEPIC (North East Process Industry Cluster). Richard and his wife are keen Ballroom and Latin American dancers.