Richard Walker graduated in geography, qualified as a chartered surveyor and developed his own property businesses, Bywater Properties, in Poland and the UK. In 2012 he joined Iceland Foods (the company founded by his parents Malcolm and Rhianydd in 1970). He spent a year as a shelf-stacker and cashier before becoming an Iceland store manager and then moving to head office, where he took up the role of Managing Director in 2018.

Richard is a committed environmentalist who has led all Iceland’s recent sustainability initiatives including the removal of palm oil from the company’s own label range in 2018, its pledge to eliminate plastic packaging from the Iceland own label range by the end of 2023, the recent publication of the full plastic footprint of the business and its call for transparency in plastic reporting. Bywater Properties are building the UK’s first carbon neutral office development in London, using wood instead of steel and cement.

He is an Honorary Fellow of University College London, a trustee of the Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation and of the conservation groups Fauna & Flora International and Surfers Against Sewage, an Ambassador to the Wildlife Trusts, Patron of the Cheshire Wildlife Trust, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a member of DEFRA’s Council for Sustainable Business and a regular panellist on BBC1’s Question Time.

Outside family and business, Richard’s greatest passions are trail running, skiing, surfing and climbing. Richard’s first book The Green Grocer: One man’s manifesto for corporate activism will be published in 2021.

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