Meet the Teams

Meet The Data Lab team. We are a group of people passionate about helping Scotland leverage value from data.

Management Team


Gillian Docherty, Chief Executive Officer

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Gillian has over 22 years’ experience working in the IT sector. Gillian is responsible for delivering the strategic vision set out by The Data Lab Board, the aim of which is to create over 250 new jobs and to generate more than £100 million to Scotland’s economy.

Brian Hills, Head of Data

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Brian has 17 years experience in analytics and software engineering, across domains including Telecoms, IT and Digital. He joins the Data Lab from Skyscanner where he launched and grew the Business Intelligence team. Prior to Skyscanner, Brian held analytics and engineering roles with Sumerian and HP.

Jude McCorry, Head of Business Development

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Jude has over 15 years experience in Sales and Marketing in the Technology Sector working with B2B and public sector for companies like Dell, Firefly Communications and Xnet Data Storage. Jude has also worked in Academia at Edinburgh Napier University where she set up their commercial arm – The Edinburgh Institute - providing leading edge practice based executive education to Scottish Executives.

Dave Fitch, Head of Operations

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Dave has over a decade’s experience in leading and delivering large, multi-partner/multi-institution research projects, and joins The Data Lab from the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre (UKCCSRC), where he was Chief Operations and Finance Manager. 

Manolo Perez, Finance Director

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Manolo is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 12 years financial experience in the University Sector. He joined The Data Lab in January 2015 having previously worked at various departments within the University of Edinburgh.

Darran Gardner, Business Development Executive

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Darran Gardner is an experienced business development manager and management consultant whose most recent role was with the Energy Technology Partnership, where he developed and managed a wide range of collaborative academia/industry projects focused on the energy sector. 

Victoria Clark, Business Development Executive

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Victoria is an experienced Sales professional who joins the Data Lab from the Utilities industry where she was a Strategic Account Executive, providing Business Development across the UK as well as Account Managing multi-national companies such as large retailers and many public sector customers. Victoria’s primary focus is on skills development for The Data Lab.

Fraser Macdonald, Project Development Manager

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Fraser is an experienced project manager with extensive knowledge in cross sector engagement. He has worked with UK and international research communities, designing and managing innovation projects for the public, energy and defence sectors.

Neil Brown, Project Development Manager

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Neil has 20 years experience in operational, project and programme management roles. Prior to joining The Data Lab, he managed a £3.2 million collaborative low carbon power & energy research programme at the University of Strathclyde.

Richard Carter, Data Scientist

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Richard has a PhD in machine learning from the University of Edinburgh and has undertaken mathematical modelling across a range of commercial applications, including in the financial sector with Goldman Sachs.

Caterina Constantinescu, Data Scientist

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Caterina has a background in academic research with a strong technical component. She is currently working towards completing a PhD in affective science, and has 5 years' experience with statistical programming in R. Caterina also organizes the EdinbR meetup, and has been involved in research projects on NHS data.

Joshua Ryan-Saha, Skills Programme Manager

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Joshua is the Skills Manager at The Data Lab. He is responsible for programmes that aim to improve data science skills and increase the number of data professionals across Scotland. He joined from Nesta where he established the £10m Longitude Prize and designed and ran multi-million-pound international challenge prizes. Prior to joining Nesta, Joshua worked in public policy in the UK and in Bosnia and Herzegovina working with international organizations such as The Public International Law and Policy Group to design projects related to constitutional reform, tourism and reconciliation.

Craig Paterson, Executive Education Advisor

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Craig has 25 year of industry experience working in Utilities and Financial Services and specialises in Business, IT and Digital strategy development and execution. Craig is developing Executive Education for The Data Lab.

Cecilia Bouroncle, Marketing and Communications Manager

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Cecilia is a business professional with extensive experience in marketing and events, and working within the international higher education sector. She has an engineering degree and a Master in Business (Event Management). Before joining The Data Lab, she worked as an Education Manager for the Australian Government in Peru, her home country.

Craig Skeldon, Business Development Officer

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Craig is responsible for supporting a range of business development activity at The Data Lab. Craig also studies part-time undertaking a degree in Business Enterprise at Edinburgh Napier University.

Caitlin Forsyth, Contracts Manager

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Caitlin is our Contracts Manager based in the Aberdeen hub. Having graduated with a LLB (Hons) Law Degree and a LLM in Oil & Gas Law, Caitlin quickly gained commercial experience in Industry through her employment at ITF, a technology facilitator in the Oil & Gas sector. From this role, Caitlin brings her contractual experience of working with international Oil & Gas majors, SMEs and academia in multi-party project agreements.

Steph Wright, Project Development Manager, Cancer Innovation Challenge

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Steph will be project managing the Cross Innovation Centre Cancer Challenge and comes to The Data Lab via the UK CCS Research Centre where she was the Research Manager, undertaking the day-to-day management of the Centre's £4.6M project portfolio as well as leading on the Centre's communications and events activities.

John Callagy, Marketing and Communications Officer

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John is an experienced events organiser with a focus on the tech landscape. Prior to joining The Data Lab John managed a multitude of national and international events for Business And Finance Magazine and Dublin Tech Summit, one of Europe's leading tech conferences.

Gina Finch, Marketing and Communications Officer

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Gina is an experienced web designer and digital communications manager with an MSc in Multimedia Technology. She will be working with digital content and social media communications.

Marian Dunbar, Skills Co-ordinator

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Marian has more than 20 years of experience as a University Administrator working with students and academics in a variety of roles. She joins The Data Lab from the Cyber Academy, Edinburgh Napier University, where she supported a range of training, education and dissemination activities on cyber security.

Adam Turner, Business Development Executive

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Adam is an experienced Commercial Development professional who joins The Data Lab from IBM where he was a specialist in the Watson Cognitive Platform, providing support to organisations embarking on their Artificial Intelligence transformation projects. Drawing on his experience, Adam’s focus will be assisting organisations through their data driven innovation projects.

Dan Montgomery, Office Manager / PA to the CEO

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Dan is an experienced Team Manager that joins The Data Lab having returned from travelling. With over 5 years of experience in retail banking with Virgin Money he has previously been responsible for delivering operational targets and the management and development of staff. More recently Dan worked within the project management space (UK & International) and is now responsible for the day to day running of The Data Lab offices and is also PA to the CEO, Gillian Docherty.

Moira Stewart, Finance Administrator

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Moira has a wealth of experience in the area of finance. Her last role was as a Finance Officer in Chemistry at the University. Her main experience comes from being a Secondary School Bursar for 26 years in a large Edinburgh Community school, and she is keen to develop important links with schools re Data Science.

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