Top fig­ures named as trus­tees at Foun­da­tion

Yorkshire Post - Business - - BUSINESS / NEWS -

The David and Jane Richards Fam­ily Foun­da­tion has ap­pointed lead­ing fig­ures from the fields of man­age­ment sci­ence, pub­lic ser­vice and tech­nol­ogy as trus­tees.

They are Chris Brady, one of the UK’s best-known busi­ness school pro­fes­sors, Lord Ker­slake, the for­mer head of the civil ser­vice, and Herb Kim, the found­ing chair of Tech North.

Tech­nol­ogy en­tre­pre­neur David Richards, pic­tured, the founder and CEO of WANdisco, set up the foun­da­tion with wife Jane to ed­u­cate, em­power and im­prove the lives of chil­dren.

The reg­is­tered UK char­ity aims to in­spire young peo­ple to ful­fil their po­ten­tial through hands-on pro­grammes and tar­geted as­sis­tance.

Mr Richards be­lieves that com­puter stud­ies in schools should be fun and fo­cused on data sci­ence to give stu­dents the abil­ity to un­der­stand and solve real-world prob­lems.

Prof Brady said: “I was very pleased to be asked to join the foun­da­tion be­cause it played into two of my learn­ing hobby-horses – em­ploy­a­bil­ity and ped­a­gog­i­cal in­no­va­tion.

“I think that David Richards has caught the be­gin­nings of a wave that will change the way we think about how best to learn about the util­i­sa­tion of tech­nol­ogy for years to come.”

Prof Brady is pro­fes­sor of man­age­ment stud­ies and di­rec­tor of the Cen­tre for Sports Busi­ness at Sal­ford Univer­sity.

Lord Ker­slake has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in lo­cal and cen­tral gov­ern­ment and has held roles in­clud­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of Sh­effield City Coun­cil and the Homes and Com­mu­ni­ties Agency.

Mr Richards founded WANdisco in 2005.

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