Richard Northcote has a wealth of experience in the chemical and construction industries. He has worked as a journalist, corporate communications and government affairs executive and latterly as head of Sustainable Development. He has lived and worked in a variety of European countries, the Middle East and Asia. He entered the chemical industry in 1996 with ICI and joined Covestro AG (formerly Bayer MaterialScience) in 2009, where he now serves as Chief Sustainability Officer.
Richard sits on the Steering Committee of the Oxford University Business Economics Programme (OUBEP); is an advisor to the Board of the European Institute for Industrial Leadership (EIIL) and a member of both the European Chemical Association’s (CEFIC) Sustainability Council and the Editorial Board of Reed Business International's chemical magazine ICIS.