Richard Hardie is a Chartered Accountant. In 1977 he joined SG Warburg & Co.
Ltd. (now part of UBS Investment Bank) in the Corporate Finance department.
He moved into management to help implement Warburgs’ “Big Bang” merger with three Stock Exchange firms in 1986. In 1994, Richard became Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Equities business.
Following Swiss Bank Corporation's acquisition of S.G. Warburg in 1995 (he was responsible for much of its implementation), Richard continued as Equities COO through SBC's merger in 1997 with the Union Bank of Switzerland which created UBS, and UBS's acquisition of Paine Webber in the U.S.A.
From 2002-06 Richard was Regional COO for UBS Investment Bank in EMEA. He became non-executive in 2006 and joined the board of UBS Ltd. which he chaired from 2010 to 2015.
Richard is now a Senior Adviser to UBS AG in the UK.
Richard co-led UBS’s project to set up The Bridge Academy, Hackney, an independent state school for 1,150 students aged 11–19, which opened in 2007. Richard is a Governor.
In 2003 Richard joined the Board of The Learning Trust, Hackney’s then education provider and the only not-for-profit independent Local Education Authority in the UK, and became Chair in 2007. The Trust’s mandate was completed in 2012.
Richard is an Honorary Vice-President of the UK Chartered Institute of Linguists and is actively involved in policy matters relating to the teaching of modern foreign languages. He speaks fluent French, intermediate Italian and some German. He is chairing the 'Born Global' MFL research project (on behalf of the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences) and 'Speak to the Future,' a national campaign funded by the British Academy.
Richard was named HRH The Prince of Wales’ Business in the Community (BITC) Ambassador for London for 2007. He is the education lead in London for BITC.
Richard has been involved for several years with the London Symphony Orchestra particularly during UBS’s sponsorship. He joined the Board of the LSO in December 2015. Richard was a member of Julian Lloyd Webber's In Harmony committee, exploring the scope for establishing the Venezuelan El Sistema in England. This has been taken on by the Arts Council.
Richard is deputy chair of Heart of the City, a programme funded by the City Corporation under which large companies mentor smaller ones in the establishment of CSR programmes.
Richard is chair of the Development Committee of Lincoln College, Oxford, where he took an MA in History and French, and is a member of the college's Governing Body.
Richard is a member of the Circle of Patrons at INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau.