About Us

David & Jane Richards

Founders of the David and Jane Richards Family Foundation.

Educate, empower and improve

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

Fun and focused

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

Learn about nature

The Richards are passionate about protecting the bee population and see beekeeping as a valuable way for children to learn about nature, organisation and production.

Gifted

The family gifted 100,000 ordinary shares in Aim-listed WANdisco plc to the foundation.

A real difference

David said: “I have donated these shares to the David and Jane Richards Family Foundation in order to make a real difference to the lives of children in the UK and America.

New opportunities for young people

“Starting in Sheffield, we hope practical learning initiatives in computer science with real-world applications across all industries will open up new opportunities for young people and equip them to compete in the global job market.”

Trustees

Professor Chris Brady

Trustee

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

He has authored a number of award-winning books, including Quiet Leadership, co-written with three-times Champions League winner Carlo Ancelloti, and The 90-Minute Manager.

Lord Kerslake

Trustee

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.

He served as permanent secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government from 2010 until he stepped down in 2015 and was head of the civil service from 2012 to 2014.

Herb Kim

Trustee

Herb Kim is founder and CEO of Thinking Digital, one of Europe’s best-known conferences on technology, media and content.

He was founding chairman of Tech North, a government-backed initiative charged with accelerating the growth of the digital business sector in the North of England.

Staff

Liz Drayton

Administrator

Liz Drayton is the foundation’s first employee. She is the former ICT Strategy Manager at Sheffield’s Tapton School, David’s alma mater.

Joe Dreimann

Technical Advisor

Joe is a Product Manager at WANdisco and provides advice on curriculum development and technologies for teaching.