Top figures named as trustees at Foundation
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.