Rich Leyshon

Senior Data Scientist

Rich joined the Data Science Campus as a data science lecturer in April 2020, at the start of the first COVID-19 lockdown. He has experience in financial analytics and local government statistical analysis. Rich is a qualified science teacher with over ten years’ experience in delivering high quality, engaging science education to high school students.

Rich is passionate about Reproducible Analytical Pipelines and enjoys developing software packages to assist other public sector analysts. His areas of particular interest are in automation, web development and evidence-based educational practice. He is particularly enthusiastic about encouraging diversity and promoting an inclusive learning environment within the field of data science. Having ‘pivoted’ to data science himself, he is keen to promote the field to as wide an audience as possible, understanding that essential skills such as effective communication, critical thought, problem solving and project management are crucial areas of development for all prospective data scientists.

Rich enjoys keeping fit and safeguarding the environment. He has worked with Cardiff Conservation Volunteers and Groundwork Wales in sustainable education. He enjoys gardening in his spare time and has completed the RHS certificate in practical horticulture