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. Before joining Catapult, Jarmo was the CEO of Forum Virium Helsinki, the innovation lab of the City of Helsinki, Finland. He is one of Europe’s Living Lab pioneers, promoting user-driven innovation and developing real-life test-beds for services.
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 and has held administrative posts in the Information Services Group and three of the University’s Schools.
Louise is part of the University of Edinburgh’s Legal Services team and provides legal support for all areas of the DDI programme delivery and DDI-related research and projects.
As the DDI programme’s Lead Economist, 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 for the wider City Region Deal.
Andy is responsible for effecting the strategy of the DDI programme by supporting decisions on the allocation of programme resources and ensuring that progress against plan is reported transparently and timeously.
As DDI’s 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 that are consistently successful whilst providing enriching experiences for all those who participate.
Joy develops the strategy and approach for reporting on the monitoring and evaluation of the programme’s performance, ensuring the management and implementation of the programme’s risk analysis. This ensures the programme continues to make progress towards its goals.
As Business Pipeline Manager, Ailsa manages the DDI project pipeline including the process for submitting and evaluating proposals and the criteria used for evaluating project proposals. She works with the DDI Hubs, Edinburgh Innovations, and the DDI governance groups to ensure that quality proposals are developed, evaluated and presented in a fair and timely fashion and that successful proposals are set up correctly as projects to deliver the required results.
Mark is responsible for the planning and delivery of communications, working across a network that covers the DDI innovation hubs, the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. Mark also helps to co-ordinate communications for the wider City Region Deal partnership.
Stephanie 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 and externally supports stakeholder networks across the ten DDI industry sectors.
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 living within the Edinburgh and South East Scotland city region, regardless of background or location. It spans the learner journey, from activity in the region’s schools through to the development of in-work upskilling opportunities.
As DDI’s Head of Strategy, Ritchie maintains the strategic context for the DDI programme, within which the range of initiatives that deliver the programme’s outcomes can be developed and delivered; assuring that the programme aligns with the ever-evolving wider innovation landscape, enabling diverse collaborations that deliver valuable engagements for our partners and stakeholders.
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. This helps the University of Edinburgh play its part in the fourth agricultural revolution: improving productivity in agriculture, animal health and aquaculture in order to help meet future demand on food.
As Sector Lead for Financial Services and FinTech, Damien works across the sector to connect industry with the University of Edinburgh in regard to data skills and expertise, to create and sustain their businesses, helping to develop skilled jobs in the region. He acts as a single point of contact for any organisation that wishes to connect and collaborate on data in the sector.
Gemma helps public sector organisations across the city region understand the opportunities to design and deliver better services through the use of data. This includes working with the city region local authorities, as well as Scottish Government and third sector organisations across the range of wide activities conducted by the public sector, and building collaborations to address complex challenges.
Joshua leads on the application of data-driven innovation to the tourism and festival sector as part of the City Region Deal. He previously worked at the Data Lab, where he was responsible for programmes to improve data science skills across Scotland. Joshua joined from Nesta, where he established the £10m Longitude Prize and designed and ran international challenge prizes in digital technology.
Caroline is the Sector Lead for the Creative Industries working with data-driven innovation and the Edinburgh Futures Institute to develop data confidence in the sector through knowledge exchange, skills and learning; stimulate academic and industry research collaborations; support industry aspirations to maximise the potential of their data and business development using data innovation; and encourage new entrepreneurs with creative data ideas.
Neil is responsible for the strategic direction, resourcing and operational (member, partner and community) priorities associated with the Bayes Centre. Neil works closely with colleagues in the DDI programme to develop suitable processes, and pursue opportunities, in accordance with the programme objectives. He is also responsible for ensuring alignment with University of Edinburgh College of Science & Engineering (and individual CSE Schools) strategy, planning and availability of resource. Neil is a member of the Bayes Steering and Executive Groups, and the College DDI Strategic Planning Group.
In his role as COO, Colan focuses on developing the health and social care strategy for DDI, building out the programme of activities across the TRADE themes and resources to underwrite delivery. Colan works with internal and external stakeholders on the development of the new Usher Institute at Edinburgh BioQuarter, which will be a world-leading innovation hub for health & social care data-driven innovation.
Val is the Agritech Programme Administrator within the Data-Driven Innovation programme and works closely with the Agritech Programme Lead, Professor Bruce Whitelaw, and the Agritech Sector Lead, Helen Dundas, to provide assistance for any person wishing to be involved in the DDI Agritech programme.
Ross is leading the delivery of the National Robotarium at Heriot-Watt University, which will open in late 2021. Working with a range of stakeholders across academia and industry, the National Robotarium will build on Heriot-Watt’s pioneering robotics research which is already contributing towards the drive to revolutionise manufacturing, healthcare, offshore energy, construction and marine science.
Ross works closely with the DDI project office to ensure alignment between the two universities, facilitating collaborations where possible.
As the Proposition Lead for the Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence (GOFCoE), Mia is focussed primarily on establishing GOFCoE in support of the centre’s goal to safely unlock the potential in financial and customer data through Open Banking and Open Finance as a force to improve lives. Mia is seeking to build local, national and international partnerships with financial services regulators, leading financial services industry, Fintechs, innovators, consumer associations and other key stakeholders to co-create key data enabled use cases and delivery projects. Ultimately, utilising the Centre as an observatory looking at customer outcomes through the lens of financial health and social inclusion.
As Programme Manager for the Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC), Liz is responsible for engaging support internally and externally for the creation of a centre of excellence for caring for people in later life, the ACRC.