Richard Dean

Senior Data Scientist

Public Health England

United Kingdom

Richard is a Senior Data Scientist at Public Health England, an agency of the UK’s Department of Health. In his current role, he works with senior leaders and analysts from across the organisation to gain insight from big data sets and physical activity apps.

Richard was the first member of staff from PHE to graduate from the UK government digital service ‘data science accelerator’ programme. He has a BSc in Information Systems Management from Durham University and wrote an MSc thesis on public health data interoperability standards while working in Durham.

He moved to New Zealand in November 2017 with his Kiwi wife and three year old son. When he isn’t attending a data science related meet-up group in Auckland, he continues to work remotely for Public Health England. He is currently reading ‘Creating a Data-Driven Organization’ and is studying deep learning via an online course.

Richard’s claim to fame is that he is one of New Zealand’s most successful mini golf coaches, having convinced his wife to travel to Kosovo for the 2016 World Adventure Golf Masters, where she won a bronze medal - New Zealand’s first ever medal in international match play.