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Who’s who in the DDI team

Jarmo Eskelinen

Jarmo Eskelinen

Executive Director

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 Newman

Jo Newman

Executive Assistant

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.

David Jamieson

David Jamieson

Office Administrator

David provides front-of-house, administrative and logistical support to the DDI Programme, including elements of stakeholder engagement, communications and events delivery.

Louise Cullum

Louise Cullum

Solicitor

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.

Dr Mark Graham

Dr Mark Graham

Lead Economist

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 McKenzie

Andy McKenzie

Head of Finance & Reporting

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.

Delivery

John Scott

John Scott

Head of Delivery

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 Medvecky

Joy Medvecky

Reporting Lead

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.

Ailsa Falconer

Ailsa Falconer

Business Pipeline Manager

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.

Engagement & communications

Mark Baillie

Mark Baillie

Communications and PR Manager

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 Peebles

Stephanie Peebles

Engagement Coordinator

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 Muckersie

Alison Muckersie

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 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.

Strategy

Ritchie Somerville

Ritchie Somerville

Head of Strategy

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.

Doug Mackay

Doug Mackay

Programme Lead for Governance & Sector Lead for Veterans and Service Families

As the Programme Lead for Governance, Doug is reviewing the governance framework and the relationships between the DDI Programme and various stakeholder organisations.
He is also looking at improving quality of life for Veterans and Service Families by helping to address some of their challenges – such as health and social care issues, transferrable skills and resilience – through trend analysis and shared working with partners in the public and third sectors.

Helen Dundas

Helen Dundas

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. 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.

Damien McGarrigle

Damien McGarrigle

Sector Lead for Financial Services and Fintech

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 Cassells

Gemma Cassells

Sector Lead for Public Services

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 Ryan-Saha

Joshua Ryan-Saha

Sector Lead for Tourism and Festivals

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.

Jerome de Barros

Jerome de Barros

Sector Lead for Health and Social Care

Jerome is focused on informing and fostering collaborations within the University of Edinburgh and with public, private and third sector partners to enable data-driven advances in the delivery of health and social care.

Liz Casely

Liz Casely

Programme Manager for the Advanced Care Research Centre

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.

Caroline Parkinson

Caroline Parkinson

Sector Team Lead for Creative Industries

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.

The Data-Driven Innovation Hub contacts

Neil McGillivray

Neil McGillivray

Chief Operating Officer, The Bayes Centre

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.

Colan Mehaffey

Colan Mehaffey

Chief Operating Officer for the Health & Social Care Sector of the Data Driven-Innovation programme

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 Hughes-White

Val Hughes-White

Campus Operations Officer, Easter Bush Campus

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.

John Hausrath

John Hausrath

Programme Manager for the Edinburgh Futures Institute

As Programme Manager, John is leading a professional services team to setup the operational aspects of the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI).  Working with the EFI academics, the aim is to stand up operations across education, research and engagement (business and public) in time for EFI’s new premises at the Old Royal Infirmary in Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, opening in late 2021.   An experienced project and programme manager, John has worked in project management for over two decades across a number of sectors including energy, rail, higher education, and marine science.

Ross Clark

Ross Clark

Project Manager, National Robotarium at Heriot-Watt University

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.