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.

Clare Jess

Project Manager, ADRC NI (ADR NI)

Clare Jess is the Project Manager for the Administrative Data Research Centre in Northern Ireland (ADRC NI). She is the lead for the operational coordination of the ADRC within the ADR NI partnership, managing the delivery of research programmes, and is based at the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences within Queen’s University Belfast. Clare also has extensive experience working in public health research within higher education.

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.

Alastair McAlpine

Alastair McAlpine

Chief Statistician, Scottish Government

Alastair McAlpine is the Scottish Government’s Chief Statistician. He has overall responsibility for the coordination and implementation of professional standards that help maintain trustworthiness in the use of data, its quality, and that deliver improved outcomes for people in Scotland. Ally brings a wealth of experience having worked previously as Head of Agricultural Statistics, within the Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services, and won several awards when he led the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation including the Civil Service award for ‘Use of evidence and analysis in policy making’ in 2017. Ally is co-director of ADR Scotland and a member of the ADR UK Leadership Committee

In a previous post, Alastair was responsible for the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) which is the Scottish Government’s official tool for identifying deprived areas across Scotland. In this role, and in addition to publishing the SIMD in 2016, he led on work to open up the code behind SIMD to encourage its re-usability and facilitate analysts who were linking other data sources to the index.

Renata Samulnik

Renata Samulnik

Renata is responsible for the development and delivery of the Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (SCADR)'s programmes and, together with colleagues in Scottish Government, for the successful delivery of the ADR Scotland programme of work. She has extensive experience of management within universities and supporting senior academics in the development and implementation of strategy, most recently as Departmental Manager, Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College, London.


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.