Prof Richard A Williams, OBE, FREng, FTSE, FRSE | Principal and vice chancellor, Heriot-Watt University

Prof Richard A Williams

Prof Richard A Williams is a graduate of Imperial College and has held posts at University of Manchester (UMIST), Exeter (Camborne School of Mines), and as pro-vice chancellor at the University of Leeds (2005–2011) and University of Birmingham (2011–2015). He is a fellow and vice president of the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), a fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (Australia), and a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

He has worked extensively in establishing new educational and research collaborations in the Middle East, Africa, Singapore, Malaysia and China. He is a visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing); Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, and at Southeast University (Nanjing). He is a trustee of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, an advisory board member of the Lloyds Register Foundation, Lloyds Register 100A1 Ambassador, a member of the Converge Challenge Strategic Advisory Board and chair of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise.