Governance Board

The overall responsibility for the Data Lab resides with the Governance Board made up of representatives of each of the stakeholder groups, and chaired by an independent industry leader.


The Board approves all significant funding applications, monitors progress, terminates projects where necessary and decides upon future strategic areas for investment. It is strongly weighted towards industrial representation.

Governance Board Terms of Reference


Governance Board Members:


Mark Hunter, Chairperson

Chief Data Officer and Director of Labs at Sainsbury’s Bank


Industry and Public Sector Members:


Jim McCumesty, Private sector

Head of Core Technologies, SAS

Mark Logan, Private sector

Start-up & Scale-up advisor, non-exec, investor (former COO, Skyscanner)

Jo Watts, Private sector

Founder at Effini

Martina Pugliese, Private sector

Data Science Lead at Mallzee

Roger Halliday, Scottish Government

Chief Statistician & Head of Performance, Scottish Government


Academic Representatives:


Kevin Hammond, SICSA

Director, SICSA

Dave Robertson, Host University - The University of Edinburgh

Dean in Science & Engineering, The University of Edinburgh


Scottish Enterprise, Highland and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Funding Council (observers):


Robin Lee, SFC

Senior Policy/Analysis Officer, Scottish Funding Council

David Oxley, HIE

Interim Director of Sectors & Businesses, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)

David Smith, SE

Senior Executive at Scottish Enterprise

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