Richard Burn, Her Majesty's Trade Commissioner for China

Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for China, based in the British Embassy, Beijing.

Richard has over thirty years’ experience in government, China investment consultancy, Asia Pacific Corporate Affairs and in-depth knowledge of the trade, tax and regulatory issues affecting businesses in China.

From 1989-2004, he managed the China investment consultancy he co-founded (and later sold) to help companies in a range of industries, including services, invest over US$1 billion in China. He later worked for Diageo, the global beverage alcohol firm, where he built the Corporate Relations capability across Asia Pacific and negotiated the acquisition of a substantial investment in China. He moved to London in 2014 to lead Diageo’s global public policy team. His professional career has been focused on helping businesses of all sizes to navigate their external environment and influence government policy to generate commercial value, particularly in China.


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