Data science literacy

In 2016 I led the Discovery phase for a government data science literacy service aimed to help civil servants to understand how to use data science to inform the design and delivery of policy.  I was part of the Better Use of Data Team in the Data Group in the Government Digital Service - a team made up of data scientists working on cross-Whitehall projects. 

This work helped me to develop a detailed understanding of the needs of non-technical people when it comes to using data, and knowledge of a range of approaches which have been used to improve data literacy.

Data literacy: helping non-data specialists make the most of data science (Blog)

Ideas to help civil servants understand the opportunities of data (Blog)


open data challenge series

I led the Open Data Challenge Series at Nesta, in partnership with the Open Data Institute, between 2013-2015. The Open Data Challenge Series was a series of 7 accelerator programmes to support startups and social entrepreneurs to use open data released by Government to create products to solve social problems.

A PWC impact assessment of the ODCS showed that the return on investment for the programme was between £5-£10 for every £1 spent.

Open Data Challenge Series on the Nesta Website

Open Data Challenge Series Handbook


Data strategy

As Head of High Value Data Strategy in the Transparency Team in the Cabinet Office between 2011 and 2013 I helped develop and champion the UK’s open data strategy. I worked with organisations such Ordnance Survey, Land Registry, Companies House and the Met Office to release high value open datasets.

I also helped in designing and launching the world’s first Open Data User Group. I subsequently was involved in drafting the Government Response to the Shakespeare Review and then lead a team of departmental account managers to create the UK’s National Information Infrastructure. This was the first time a Government had published such a catalogue of the data it held.