Richard Ellis

Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility
Walgreens Boots Alliance (United Kingdom/USA)

Richard Ellis has spent the past 35 plus years working for a range of companies on all aspects of the CSR agenda.

The early part of his career was spent in banking before becoming involved in CSR after the Inner City riots of the early 1980s.  After this involvement, he held CSR-related positions at HSBC, TSB, British Aerospace, as well as ran his own CSR consultancy for five years.

In 2003, he joined Boots (now Walgreens Boots Alliance) and took responsibility for all of the company's CSR activities.  Follwoing the merger between Boots and Alliance Unichem and the subsequent Private Equity buyout, he was appointed Director of CSR.

2014 saw the creation of Walgreens Boots Alliance follwoing the merger between Walgreens in the U.S. and Alliance Boots.  He now has responsibility for CSR globally for this new enterprise.