Educating, empowering, and improving the lives of children through hands-on programmes and targeted assistance.

Our Purpose

Educate, empower & improve

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

Hands-on programmes

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

Advancement of education and environment

The advancement of computing and ecology education in state schools and the advancement of environmental protection and improvement.

Who We Are

The David and Jane Richards Family Foundation, charity number 1177725, is registered as a charitable incorporated organisation to operate throughout England.

The Founders

David & Jane Richards


David and Jane Richards, Founders of DJRFF.

David and Jane Richards are the husband and wife founders of

After meeting in south-west England more than 25 years ago, the Richards have shared the rich life experiences of entrepreneurship, marriage and parenthood.

David is the co-founder, chief executive and chairman of WANdisco plc. He also sits on a number of advisory and executive boards of Silicon Valley start-up ventures.

David is a passionate advocate of entrepreneurship and has established and exited a number of successful technology companies.

He attended Tapton secondary school in Sheffield and the University of Huddersfield.

Jane attended the University of Plymouth and is a supporter of the Homeless Prenatal Programme, a San Francisco-based charity that aims to break the cycle of childhood poverty.


The David and Jane Richards Family Foundation have appointed a beekeeper to support its mission to advance the education of ecology in state schools. Yvonne Kilvington is gardener and activity support worker at a forest school in West Yorkshire and…
State school children from Sheffield have been exposed to the technology that helps Britain’s athletes in their quest to break world records. Nearly 50 pupils from Tapton School visited Sheffield Hallam University to spend the day with Dr Sarah Churchill,…
Coding might be cool, but data is where it’s really at David Richards, co-founder of the David and Jane Richards Family Foundation, discusses why data science education needs to be prioritised, and why widening access is essential Coding has certainly…
We need to engage schoolchildren with computing in the same way that the British astronaut Tim Peake has been doing with science through the European Space Education programme. As my own experience shows, universities have a vital role to play.…
Mr Richards said that bees are under “great threat” from pesticides, which he believes should not be used because there are “well-documented alternatives” The systemic nature of the problem makes it complex, but not impenetrable. Scientists know that bees are…

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