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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.