The Data-Driven Innovation initiative has helped establish - and exists to support - five data-driven innovation ‘hubs’ at the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University – creating a regional power-house for collaboration with industry partners. The hubs house expertise and facilities to help 10 industrial sectors become more innovative through data.
The DDI Team
Jarmo joined the DDI programme from Future Cities Catapult in London. As Chief Innovation and Technology Officer, he led Catapult's research and innovation strategy and academic collaboration.
Head of Delivery
John is responsible for co-ordinating the delivery of a range of DDI initiatives that enable all of our citizens to benefit from the data revolution. The role involves enacting diverse collaborations.
Dr Gemma Cassells
Head of Strategy (Interim)
Gemma oversees strategic and operational planning across the DDI Programme, working with internal and external partners to plan and deliver a wide range of initiatives across the City Region.
Programme Lead, DDI Skills Gateway
Alison is responsible for the development and delivery of the DDI Skills Gateway Programme. This multi-partner initiative aims to develop a strategic approach to increasing the data skills of people.
Dr Mark Graham
Mark is responsible for developing the economic and related impact analysis for all DDI business cases, related funding bids and development of monitoring and evaluation framework.
Sector Lead for Agritech
Helen works across the University of Edinburgh and engages with commercial and public sector parties, to support the development of digital skills training, adoption, research and enterprise in Agritech.
Communications & PR Manager
Mark is responsible for planning and delivery of communications and engagement, working across a network that covers the DDI innovation hubs, the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University, and partners. Mark also helps co-ordinate wider communications for the City Region Deal.
Communications & Engagement Executive
Maholi supports the development and maintenance of the vital partner networks of the DDI Programme internally across the innovation hubs, the University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, DDI Skills Gateway and externally through stakeholder engagement, communications and events.
David collaborates closely with the DDI Programme Office (PO) Reporting Team and representatives from the DDI Hubs to ensure that the DDI Programme’s various internal and external reporting needs are met; in essence, this entails ensuring that the DDI PO has the data that it needs, when it needs it, in order to deliver statistics and insights which, in turn, drive strategic decision-making.
Head of Reporting
Hannah is responsible for ensuring that all key Programme deliverables are captured accurately and shared with stakeholders. This includes reporting on KPIs as well as measuring and evidencing the long term economic and social impacts of the DDI Programme.
Business Intelligence Analyst
Steph supports and enhances the use of data to enable better decision-making and record-keeping, developing new metrics and reports on a wide variety of topics.
Programme Office Coordinator
Megan provides front-of-house, administrative and logistical support to the DDI Programme, including elements of stakeholder engagement, communications and events delivery.
Esme provides administrative, logistical and general support to the DDI programme office, including the development and maintenance of stakeholder engagement, communications and events.
Jo is Executive Assistant to the Director, and is responsible for diary management, travel arrangements and general support. Jo has worked for the University of Edinburgh since May 2006.