Richard Cooper

Richard Cooper

Richard Cooper

AB Vista

As Managing Director of AB Vista, Richard sets the direction of the business and oversees all operations. His main task is to build the global feed ingredients business through organic growth and acquisitions.

Richard joined as Managing Director in 2004 when AB Vista was a business start-up. He was inspired by the vision and has since built up a successful and fast growing business. Today, Richard has ambitious expansion plans for AB Vista with the aim of making the company a top global player in the micro-ingredients industry.

Richard is a keen advocate of research into revolutionary feed micro-ingredients and has spent most of his career pioneering the use of enzymes in animal nutrition. Richard’s career history is dominated by over 16 years in this industry. His interest in animal nutrition was sparked by his upbringing on a Lancashire poultry farm. He went on to obtain a BSc in Animal Science at Reading University where he stayed on to achieve a MAgrSc in Tropical Agricultural Development which took him to Costa Rica and Egypt where he managed farms.

As a keen sportsman, Richard spends much of his spare time out of doors and can regularly be seen out training for his next road bike-race. He is also a qualified athletics coach, chairman of his local athletics club and was the first person to windsurf 2,000 miles around the British Isles coastline.