Iceland has carved a position as a leading retail thinker on sustainability. We are the first UK supermarket to pledge to do away with own label plastic packaging, the first to support a deposit return scheme to reduce plastic pollution, and the first to trial reverse vending machines for plastic bottles.
We are committed to finding new solutions that will benefit the environment.
We particularly want to hear from startups that are developing alternative packaging solutions that can help us achieve our goal of being plastic-free by 2023, specialise in alternative energies such as solar power, or can help to reduce food waste both within Iceland and for our customers.
Richard was born in Chester in 1980. After graduating from Durham University in 2001, with a degree in geography, he travelled extensively and then qualified as a chartered surveyor. He developed his own property business in Poland before establishing Bywater Properties, a London-based company focused on cross-sector UK property investment and development, of which he remains Chairman.
In 2012 Richard joined Iceland Foods, the company established by his father Malcolm in 1970. He worked full-time as a shelf-stacker and cashier in London for a year, before becoming a store manager in Swiss Cottage and moving to Iceland head office at Deeside, Flintshire, in 2013.
After various head office roles, including a spell running Iceland’s International division, Richard became Managing Director of The Food Warehouse, Iceland’s chain of more than 60 larger format stores, in 2015. Since 2017 he has also taken the board lead on sustainability issues across the Group.
Richard is married with two daughters. Outside family and business, his greatest passions are trail running, skiing, surfing and climbing all over the world. His notable climbing achievements include a 2011 expedition to Everest, and a 2017 trip to Kyrgyzstan where he notched up several first ascents of previously unclimbed mountains.