Phil Richards

Chief technology officer, Data

Phil Richards
4 Portwall Lane


Phil is a pioneer of new national data-driven Jisc services, such as learning analytics. He is a skilled deliverer and plays a key role in helping to transform the Data Futures programme with HESA. He is a national thought leader, contributor and steering group member to the APPG Data Analytics report ‘Trust, Transparency and Technology...’, and among the first to recommend a national AI register.


Phil studied at Oxford University, and gained a doctorate in nuclear physics, conducted experiments at CERN (when Web developed there) and had an early career in learning technology. He transitioned to digital leadership, worked at six universities, most recently as IT director at Loughborough. His sector firsts include: leased desktop fleet 2002; infrastructure off balance sheet 2005; hybrid cloud via Janet network 2010.