Richard Keys is a chartered accountant and retired in June 2010 as a senior partner of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Over his 37 years with PwC he held a number of senior management positions, most recently that of Global Chief Accountant, leading a team of partners and professional staff across more than thirty countries. His roles have included responsibility for many top clients of the Firm on both a national and global basis where he worked closely with and advised many boards, senior management and audit committees. He spent a period on secondment to the UK Government, had a significant involvement in the UK privatisation programme and in the first international IPO of a major Chinese airline.
He now enjoys a portfolio of Board roles ranging across education, banking, central government, horticulture and research and air transport.
Richard is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and a non-executive of Sainsbury's Bank plc where he is a member of the Audit and Risk Committees. He is a non-executive director of the Department for International Development and Chair of the Audit Committee and a non-executive director of NATS Holdings Limited and a member of the Audit Committee.
Richard is also a liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass and an Assistant to the Company's Court.