Richard Freeman, PhD

Lead Data and Machine Learning Engineer at JustGiving

Big Data and Analytics Data Science


Richard is a lead big data and machine learning engineer at JustGiving, a tech-for-good company that’s helped 26 million users in 164 countries raise over $5 billion for good causes, acquired in 2017 by Blackbaud the world’s leading software company powering social good.

He currently leads the delivery and architecture of its in-house data science platform. He is also an independent freelance consultant helping organisations with cloud architecture, serverless computing and machine learning at Starwolf. Richard has 15+ years’ experience delivering small to very complex projects for clients including Fortune Global 500 companies, in a variety of sectors including nonprofit, insurance, recruitment, financial services, government and e-commerce. He was previously a developer and later solution architect at Capgemini.

Richard holds an MEng in computer systems engineering and PhD in machine learning and natural language processing from the University of Manchester, giving him a solid foundation in software engineering and data science. He is a blogger and speaker presenting at events like AWS Re:Invent and AI Summit, and an author of two serverless video courses by Packt available on O’Reilly Safari and Udemy, and he is working on a serverless related book.