Professor Richard Boocock BSc, MBA, CEng, FIChemE

Professor Richard Boocock

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Industrial Professor in Engineering Leadership

Contact details

Department of Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering
Engineering Building (Y8)
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Industrial Professor in Engineering Leadership, engaged in coaching and mentoring, research supervision, industry engagement primarily in advanced engineering management and the energy transition.


  • Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • MBA Henley Business School
  • Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers
  • BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, 1982


Richard Boocock enjoyed a 39-year career at Air Products & Chemicals Inc and has experience in almost every aspect of the industrial gases and hydrogen value chain, in all modes of supply, across a wide range of geographies.  Richard led, developed, and implemented significant strategic global investment and transformation programmes, both as a C-Suite executive business leader and Chief Information Officer.  He has particularly deep experience in large asset based business development in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and India.

He holds an Industrial Chair of Engineering Leadership at the University of Birmingham, is Visiting Fellow to the Dean's Office at Henley Business School,  is a Member of the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, and holds a number of board roles.

He also works as a freelance consultant advising clients on a variety of topics, including hydrogen and the hydrogen economy, the energy transition, digital transformation, sustainability, and technology innovation and commercialisation.
A member of Henley Business Angels, Richard is an enthusiastic investor in, and supporter of, start-up companies.

He is a passionate supporter of diversity, inclusion and engagement in all aspects of his work and personal life, an experienced coach and mentor, and an accomplished public speaker.


Research interests

  • Hydrogen and the energy transition
  • Applied AI in the process industries

Other activities

  • Member of University of Birmingham School of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board
  • Visiting Fellow to the Dean’s Office, Henley Business School
  • Chair of the Henley Business School Alumni Development Board
  • Member of the Henley Business School Strategy Board
  • Member of the Freedom of the Worshipful Company of Engineers
  • Registered Independent Board Director for India Companies, Independent Board member for INOX India Limited
  • Board member and advisor to a number of startup companies
  • Angel investor in a number of start-ups