Richard Heathcote

Richard Heathcote
General Manager, Cool Farming Institute

Presentation: Will ‘Cool Farming’ provide a sustainable framework for farmers in the UK and Europe [PDF, 6.9MB]

Working with Cool Farm Institute, the [UK] National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) and the European Cider and Fruit Wine Association (AICV)

Richard graduated in Zoology & Biochemistry from University in Hull and gained an MSc in Freshwater Hydrobiology from Cardiff, and a post-graduate Diploma in Management Studies (Distinction) from Brunel.

Richard has previously worked for Bass Brewers, Smiths Crisps and Thames Water in a variety of IT related roles before joining Bulmers in 1988 as an IT Project Manager. After various role changes, Richard moved into Sustainable Development at Bulmers in 2001 and that role grew to be Heineken Group based, where until recently Richard co-led Heineken NV’s international sustainable sourcing program, focusing on agricultural aspects.

Richard now works freelance, and is currently working as part of the executive team of the Cool Farm Institute as acting General Manager. Richard also works with the NACM and AICV as an adviser, with a focus on more sustainable orcharding. Richard has been involved for many years in the sustainable agriculture movement and has been active within UK networks, and internationally with the SAI Platform.

Outside work Richard enjoys hill-walking, gardening, good food & beer and Celtic music.