Alison Park

Alison Park

Senior Responsible Officer, ADR UK

Professor Alison Park is  interim Executive Chair of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) for ADR UK. Professor Park joined ESRC as Director of Research in January 2019. Prior to joining ESRC she was Professor of Social Research and Director of Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER). Professor Park was awarded a CBE for services to social sciences in the 2018 New Year Honours and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Emma Gordon

Emma Gordon

Director, ADR UK & ADR England

Dr Emma Gordon is Director of the ADR UK Strategic Hub and Director of ADR England. She is responsible for setting the strategic direction for the programme, leading on the coordination of the partnership and engagement with senior stakeholders, to improve access and analysis of administrative data to inform policy decisions. She is also part of the ADR UK Leadership Committee. Emma joined ADR UK from HM Treasury, where she led the team supporting government economists and social researchers across government. Prior to this, Emma was Head of Health Analysis at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and at the start of her career was a post-doctoral researcher on the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children.

Rosie French

Rosie French

Deputy Director, Operations & Governance, ADR UK Strategic Hub

Rosie is Deputy Director for the ADR UK Programme, responsible for Operations and Governance. Rosie leads the ADR UK Programme Management Office (PMO) and works closely alongside the Office for National Statistics, ADR Directors and Chief Statisticians in the devolved administrations to develop and implement effective systems to deliver the operational functions of ADR UK within its governance structure. Prior to working at ADR UK, Rosie worked as a programme manager at UCL, including for the Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources consortium (CLOSER). She has a variety of public sector experience in local government and other non-departmental public bodies.

Karen Powell

Karen Powell

Head of Research Strategy & Commissioning, ADR UK Strategic Hub

Karen Powell is Head of Research Strategy and Commissioning for the ADR UK Strategic Hub. Her focus is on providing opportunities for the academic community to access ADR England’s flagship, research-ready data to conduct policy-relevant research, as well as building and nurturing a professional community of administrative data researchers. Karen worked at the Department for Education for a decade before joining the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), including various analytical roles, a secondment to a local authority, policy development and running a programme office. At ESRC, Karen took a lead across the What Works Network investments before shaping the ‘service design’ for what has become ADR UK. Karen developed the ADR England Strategy and places a high importance on ensuring research can become useful evidence to inform better decisions for public good.

Emily Oliver

Emily Oliver

Head of Research & Capacity Building, ADR UK Strategic Hub

Emily is responsible for leading on catalytic activities within the ADR UK Strategic Hub by engaging with Whitehall departments and other government bodies responsible for data access and use. With joint operational oversight of the ADR England strategy, she is focussing on setting up new PhD studentships and developing training pathways to increase the pool of researchers with skills to create and use linked administrative data. Emily joined ADR UK from the British Red Cross, where she led research in first aid and humanitarian education.

Dermot O'Reilly

Dermot O'Reilly

Director, ADRC-NI (ADR Northern Ireland)

Professor Dermot O'Reilly is Director of the Administrative Data Research Centre in Northern Ireland (ADRC-NI) and a member of the ADR UK Leadership Committee. He is based at the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast, specialises in Public Health and Social Epidemiology and has carried out extensive research into health inequalities. His interests focus on the effective use of routine data collections to further our understanding of disease and social causes and how this affects society.

Siobhan Carey

Siobhan Carey

Registrar General & Chief Executive, NISRA (ADR Northern Ireland)

Siobhan is a member of the ADR UK Leadership Committee, in her role as Chief Statistician for Northern Ireland. She is also the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency’s (NISRA) Chief Executive and Registrar General. Siobhan has extensive experience as a Government statistician, most recently as Chief Statistician in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; and as a Deputy Director in the Office for National Statistics.

Gerry Leavey

Deputy Director, ADRC-NI (ADR Northern Ireland)

Professor Gerry Leavey is Deputy Director of the Administrative Data Research Centre Northern Ireland (ADRC-NI). He is also Director of the Bamford Centre in Ulster University. Prior to this he lived in London, serving as the Director of Research for Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust and as a researcher in the Department of Mental Health Sciences, UCL. A social scientist, he has a BSc in Policy Studies (University of North London), an MSc in Public Health (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and a PhD in Medical Sociology (University College London). He is currently Co-Lead for the Clinical Research Network in Mental Health (Northern Ireland).

Frances Burns

Programme Manager, ADRC-NI (ADR Northern Ireland)

Dr Frances Burns is Programme Manager for the Administrative Data Research Centre in Northern Ireland (ADRC-NI). Frances is based at the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast and holds a degree in business with economics and a PhD exploring the factors effecting realisation of research impact. As Programme Manager, Frances is the lead for coordination and communication between the Centre partnerships within Northern Ireland, and represents the Centre to the Strategic Hub and our funders, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Deborah Lyness

Head of Demographic Statistics Branch, NISRA (ADR Northern Ireland)

Deborah is a Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency (NISRA) Senior Principal Statistician with oversight of production of vital events official statistics, the Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measures and the NISRA Research Support Unit, a team supporting both the ADR NI and the NI Longitudinal Study. She also heads project development and impact delivery for the NISRA part of the ADR NI. Deborah joined the ADR NI from her role heading the Statistics Branch in the Police Service of Northern Ireland. Prior to this she led production of a number of key NI economic statistics and has also held a number of statistical roles in the criminal justice area including with the NI Youth Justice Agency and Department of justice. She has a BSc in Psychology and a MSSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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