Richard Haywood is an alumnus of UoB having graduated in law in 1977. Richard is a corporate lawyer by background having been a partner of Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP, the City law firm, and before that, Wragge & Co (now Gowling WLG). Richard advised corporates in a variety of sectors for over thirty years with a particular focus on M & A and Joint Ventures. He now takes on roles as an investor in and non executive director and Chairman of private equity backed businesses. He is currently Non executive Chairman of Clarillis Limited, a Legaltech business and an NED of Asterisk Network Solutions, a Fintech business.
Richard has been a lay member of the Council since 2012 and Deputy Pro-Chancellor since 30th November 2014. He is a member of the Strategy, Planning and Resources Committee, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Membership Committee and the Investment Sub-Committee. Richard chaired the 2015 and 2020 Effectiveness Reviews of the Council of the University.
Richard served for four years as a non-executive director of Birmingham Royal Ballet between 2002-2006 and has also served as an NED of CloserStill Group and non executive Chairman of Mobica Holdings Limited.