Professor Richard Williams
- Job title
- Principal and Vice-Chancellor
- OBE, FREng, FRSE, FTSE, FICHemE, FIMMM, CEng, CSci
Richard A. Williams is Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University. His background is an academic and entrepreneur in mineral engineering, energy storage systems and environmental technologies. He is a graduate of Imperial College (BSc (Eng), PhD) 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 has founded several innovation based business including two PLCs. He is a Fellow 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 Middle East, Africa, Singapore, Malaysia and China. He is a visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing), Tianjin University of Finance & 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 Non-Executive Board Director of the British Geological Survey, a member of the Converge Challenge Strategic Advisory Board and Chair of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise.