Richard Heard

Managing Director of Strategic Decom
United Kingdom
Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Honours Degree from Kings College London, 1985


Richard Heard is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with an Honours Degree from Kings College London.  Since graduating in 1985 he has worked for almost 30 years in the engineering consultancy sector, primarily in pipeline and subsea engineering in the UK, Australia and the USA. In 2005 he co-founded Xodus Group, a multi-disciplinary energy consultancy group and was responsible for establishing the company’s subsea business and development of their London operations. In 2011 he joined Oil and Gas UK (O&GUK), the body representing the oil and gas industry in the UK and led a number of joint industry projects focussed on the process and progress of decommissioning in the North Sea  He left O&GUK in 2014 to form Strategic Decom and in addition, he is currently Programme Director of INSITE, a major scientific project aimed at increasing the understanding of the influence of man-made structures on the ecosystem of the North Sea.