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.

Elizabeth Nelson

Public Engagement, Comms & Impact Manager, ADRC-NI (ADR Northern Ireland)

Elizabeth is Public Engagement, Communications & Impact Manager for the Administrative Data Research Centre Northern Ireland (ADRC-NI), where her remit includes developing partnerships with voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector groups as well as policymakers. Based in the School of Nursing at Ulster University, Elizabeth holds a Master of Laws in Human Rights Law from Queen's University Belfast, and completed an honours Political Science degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Elizabeth was previously the Parliamentary and Campaigns Officer for the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities. She has extensive experience in engaging with vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, and enhancing the participation of these groups in politics, research and policymaking.

Samantha Livingstone

Project Administrator, ADRC-NI (ADR Northern Ireland)

Samantha is the Project Administrator for the Administrative Data Research Centre Northern Ireland (ADRC-NI). Samantha is responsible for all the administration associated with the programme, including acting as first point of contact for project-related questions.

Chris Dibben

Chris Dibben

Co-director, ADR Scotland (Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research)

Professor Chris Dibben is Director of the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR), and is Chair of Geography at the School of GeoSciences, University of Edinburgh. He is co-lead for the ADR Scotland partnership, and runs a team of researchers working on the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Strategic Impact Programme, exploring data relating to health and wellbeing impacts of commuting, education, and Scotland’s New Towns. Chris is also a member of the ADR UK Leadership Committee.

David Ford

David Ford

Co-Director, ADR Wales (Swansea University)

David is Professor of Informatics at Swansea University and Co-Director of ADR Wales. David leads the SAIL Databank and is also responsible for the development and use of Swansea’s Secure e-Research Platform (SeRP). David is the principal investigator and Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Register and is also the deputy Director of the Health Data Research UK (HDR UK) site for Wales and Northern Ireland. David is Co-Investigator on a number of research grants including Healthwise Wales, Challenging Human Environments and Research Impact for a Sustainable and Healthy Digital Economy (CHERISH-DE) and National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH). David is an active member of numerous committees, including the ADR UK Leadership Committee, and national bodies relating to health informatics and health-related research. 

Stephanie Howarth

Stephanie Howarth

Co-Director, ADR Wales (Welsh Government)

Stephanie is the Welsh Government’s Chief Statistician. She has overall responsibility for statistics, geographic analysis and data science within the Welsh Government, as well as the leadership of the statistical system in Wales. Stephanie is Co-Director of ADR Wales and a member of the ADR UK Leadership Committee.

Sarah Lowe

Head of Project Development & Impact, ADR Wales (Welsh Government)

Sarah is the Head of Project Development and Impact for the Welsh Government part of ADR Wales. Sarah led the Welsh Government Programme to Maximise the Use of Existing Data from 2009-2018, succeeding in acquiring several rounds of ESRC funding to deliver policy-related data linking projects for Wales. Before this, Sarah led the Welsh Government Surveys Team, being closely involved in the development of the Living in Wales 2008 survey and has had roles in various social research co-ordination and delivery functions of Welsh Government since 2001. For the first five years of her 24-year career in the Government Statistical and Social Research Services, Sarah worked at the Office for National Statistics (1995-2000), delivering the National Diet and Nutrition Survey: young people aged 4 to 18 years.

Jon Smart

Head of Programmes, ADR Wales (Swansea University)

Jon is Head of Programmes and Chief Operating Officer in Swansea University Data Science. Jon is an experienced senior manager who has successfully delivered a wide range of large strategic programmes and projects in the public, private and third sectors across the UK and internationally. Jon is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and a PRINCE2©, MSP©, and Agile© registered practitioner and SCRUM Master©. Jon’s role is to manage all aspects of delivery of Swansea University’s role in ADR Wales, and, with colleagues in Welsh Government, to input into the operations of ADR UK.

Pete Stokes

Pete Stokes

Deputy Director, Research Services & Data Access, Office for National Statistics

Pete is responsible for access to unpublished data through the Office for National Statistics (ONS), including research use of data from across government, through the Secure Research Service (SRS). He leads the ONS contribution to ADR UK, and the accreditation of researchers, projects and processors, under the Digital Economy Act, more widely, and is a member of the ADR UK Leadership Committee. Pete has worked for ONS since 1998, in roles leading various aspects of the 2011 Census, public policy analysis and the production of regional and local statistics.

Bill South

Bill South

Head of SRS Data & Governance, Office for National Statistics

Bill leads the Secure Research Service (SRS) Data and Governance team at the Office for National Statistics (ONS). He is responsible for making datasets from ONS and across government available for research use, working closely with ADR UK partners. His team also provides statistical support to approved researchers working in the SRS. Bill has worked for ONS since 2003 in a variety of roles.

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