Professor David Richardson became the Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia in September 2014.
Since joining the university in 1991 he has held a series of leadership positions including Dean of the Faculty of Science, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, Enterprise and Engagement, and Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
As a member of the governing council of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) he plays a key role in the shaping of UK research policy.
Professor Richardson's own research career as a microbiologist began at the universities of Birmingham and Oxford. He has led a research group in UEA's School of Biological Sciences for 23 years - conducting world-leading research into the biochemistry of environmentally and medically important bacteria. In 1999 he was awarded the Fleming Medal and a Wolfson Royal Society Fellowship for his contribution to the understanding of bacterial bioenergetics.
Prof Richardson is married and has two children. Originally from Whitley Bay, near Newcastle, he lives in Norwich and enjoys exploring the Norfolk coastline and collecting the work of local artists. A keen football fan (and diplomat), he divides his loyalty between the Canaries and the Magpies.