About

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Selected Media
Message to ministers: AI can transform the way we live right now – Guardian
Artificial intelligence can make us smarter and faster – Telegraph
Efficiency by Transparency – The Economist

Biography

Very Short version
Richard is the Chief Commercial Officer at Faculty. Faculty help organisations across the world develop their strategy, software, and skills to make AI real.

Short version
Richard is the Chief Commercial Officer at Faculty. He supports senior leaders across a variety of sectors to transform their organisations to make AI real. Before joining Faculty he was Director of Digital & Data Transformation at the Home Office and a founding director of the UK’s Government Digital Service. Before that he worked at Google, the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, and co-founded Engineers Without Borders UK. He is a non-exec director on the board of the Government’s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.

Long version
Richard Sargeant is the Chief Commercial Officer at Faculty. He is also a non-executive board member of the Government’s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovationand produces an irregular podcast.

Prior to joining Faculty Richard worked in the UK Government as Director of Transformation in the Home Office. Before this he was one of the founding directors of the Government Digital Service. The Economist, Guardian, and Wall Street Journal, among others covered their work.

Previously, he was Head of Energy Market Design at the Department of Energy & Climate Change, where he led several stages of the Electricity Market Reform programme to secure an additional £200bn of capital investment into the UK Power Generation market. Their aim was to keep the lights on, bills down, and meet our climate change targets.

Before that Richard was at Google as their UK Head of Public Policy. He also spent a year in Freetown, working for the Government of Sierra Leone to support officials and ministers through Tony Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative.

Before Google, he was a senior policy advisor in HM Treasury, running the Gowers’ Review of Intellectual Property among other projects. His first role in Government was in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, writing papers on innovation in the public sector and happiness, as well as unpublished work on education and healthcare. He co-founded Engineers Without Borders UK in 2001 while studying Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University.

His non-executive board roles have included Exeter University, and The Challenge Network, which is the largest supplier for the National Citizen Service programme.