Richard Sargeant

Chief Commercial Officer at ASI Data Science

Director, ASI Data Science
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

Richard leads the consultancy service at ASI, bringing the power of artificial intelligence within reach of everyone. ASI Data Science solve business problems using machine learning, and advise organisations about how they might reform their policies and operations to make the most of their data. Consulting sits alongside our fellowship programme which trains data scientists, and a software platform which provides tooling for data scientists.

Previously, Richard was the Director of Transformation – Digital & Data at the Home Office. He led a team working with other parts of the Home Office and across Government to establish a modern digital architecture to support the delivery of public services.

Previously, he was the Director of Performance and Delivery, and a founding member, at Government Digital Service, a unit of the Cabinet Office. Richard led the data and analytics programme which includes the Performance Platform and the Digital Service Standard, as well as data scientists, data analysts and user researchers working across GDS. The Economist and the Guardian have covered the team’s work to give government staff a simpler, clearer, faster way of getting the everyday performance information they need to improve public services.

Richard has also worked on Electricity Market Reform, and before that he was at Google as their UK head of public policy. He also spent a year in Freetown with his wife, working for the Government of Sierra Leone to support officials and ministers.

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Before that he worked in the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, publishing papers on innovation and happiness, as well as unpublished work on education and healthcare.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