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Richard Hayler

Parent Governor

Richard is a Parent Governor. Term: 2 years from November 2021

    Born and brought up in East London, Richard graduated with a BSC Joint honours degree in Physics and Electronics from Keele University. He liked it there so much that he stayed on for a further 3 years of postgraduate research before returning to the big city. He then worked for over 20 years in a variety of roles as a technical specialist in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, moving to Surrey after his children were born.

    In 2017 Richard left the civil service to join the Raspberry Pi Foundation. This is a UK charity which owns a successful computer company, the profits from which fund its mission to help young people around the world learn the digital skills they need to solve the problems that matter to them.

    Over the last few years Richard has been working with the European Space Agency to send new Raspberry Pi computers to the International Space Station to replace the two Astro Pis which have already run programs written by over 50,000 young people from across Europe. Since the pandemic he has also worked on a programme that has so far provided over 6000 free computers to families from low socio-economic backgrounds. Richard runs a weekly Code Club at a local Primary school and also coaches junior rugby at Esher RFC.