Nick O'Donnell

Nick O'Donnell

Head of Secure Research Service and Integrated Data Service Impact, ONS

Nick manages the Analytical Impact and Performance Management for both the Secure Research Service (SRS) and Integrated Data Service (IDS), as well as IDS Benefits, at the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The SRS is used extensively by researchers across government, the private sector and wider research community, to carry out analysis that informs evidenced-based decisions on government policy, service planning and decision making across all sectors of the UK. IDS will build on the success of the SRS, to bring together ready-to-use integrated data to enable faster and wider collaborative analysis for the public good. It is a cross-government service, with ONS as the lead delivery partner. Nick’s responsibilities include coordination of the prestigious ONS Research Excellence Awards which recognise the important and impactful analysis taking place in the SRS and IDS to drive efficient and improving public services and inform decisions on the UK economy and society.

Rose Elliott

Rose Elliott

Head of Strategic Data Curation, Office for National Statistics

Rose is responsible for building the range of strategic data sets that are available for research. She works closely with data providers to understand their data and is progressing several opportunities where linking across datasets can provide a greater insight for research. She brings her knowledge of 2021 Census questionnaire development and data linkage techniques to the role.

Faye Gracey

Head of Data Acquisition and Linking for Research (Welsh Government), ADR Wales

Faye leads a new unit within the Welsh Government, created in 2022. This includes the existing Administrative Data Research Unit – Wales (ADR Wales) and the new Administrative Data Research Major Projects and Project Development Unit. Faye leads on UK-level data acquisition negotiations and is responsible for the strategic direction of data linking on behalf of the Welsh Government. She is also part of the senior leadership team for statisticians and social researchers within the Welsh Government. Faye has nearly 20 years of experience working in analytical posts across a range of policy areas, and has worked for a private research agency, inspectorate, charity, and the media.

Alastair McAlpine

Alastair McAlpine

Senior Statistician, Scottish Government

Alastair McAlpine is the Scottish Government’s Chief Statistician and Data Officer (interim). 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.

Katherine Falconer

Katherine Falconer

ADR Scotland Executive Programme Manager

Katherine is the ADR Scotland executive programme manager and Head of the Data for Research Unit within the Scottish Government. She joined the team in January 2022 and is responsible for maximising the impact of the ADR Scotland investment. With a PhD in environment economics from the University of Cambridge, Katherine worked at the University of Newcastle before moving into an economy advisory role at Scottish National Heritage and subsequently the Scottish Government. She has a wealth of experience on corporate planning and performance management. Having worked the past 5 years for Registers of Scotland (RoS), Katherine undertake a range of strategic improvement projects and also built up the statistics and analytical function.

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.

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