Our People

Emma Gordon

Emma Gordon

Director, ADR UK

Dr Emma Gordon is Director of the Strategic Hub for ADR UK. 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. 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.

Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson

Head of Strategic Research, Impact & Communications, ADR UK Strategic Hub

Paul is responsible for coordinating the research initiatives of ADR UK, and communicating the impact they will have. Paul joined ADR UK from the UK Statistics Authority where he was Head of Legal and International Relations. Prior to that, Paul was the first Director of CESSDA, the European network of social science data archives. Paul has worked on Census data quality, the development of the National Statistics Code of Practice, the Government Statistical Service protocols and guidance for data sharing, and established the Approved Researcher and Microdata Release Panel practices of the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

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).

Alessia Morris

Alessia Morris

Head of Data Sharing & Linkage Unit, ADR Scotland (Scottish Government)

Alessia is the senior officer within Scottish Government responsible for maximising the impact of the ADR Scotland investment. As a dually qualified Italian/Scottish Solicitor and Notary Public, Alessia had a former career in private practice, and since joining the Scottish Government she has led on a number of change programmes in fast-paced and high profile policy areas.

Tracey Dart

Executive, Scottish Centre for Administrative Data Research (ADR Scotland)

Tracey 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 significant experience in management within universities and supporting senior academics in the development and implementation of strategy, most recently as Director of Professional Services in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh.

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.

Craiger Solomons

Craiger Solomons

Head of Administrative Data Research Unit, ADR Wales (Welsh Government)

Craiger is the principle statistician and programme manager for the Welsh Government part of ADR Wales. Craiger has previously been Head of Economic Labour Market and Transport Statistics at the Welsh Government and the head of Statistical Outputs and Standards at the Welsh Revenue Authority. Craiger was also part of the Royal Statistical Society award winning Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation 2014 team and has experience in policy making and curriculum development, having worked in the Welsh Government’s Early Years policy branch. 

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.

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.

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