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Research Data Scotland
Board Members


We have some excellent data in Scotland, excellent research community, and the ability to bring together people from Government, academia, industry and public bodies quickly to make real change happen.  Research Data Scotland is a charity funded by Scottish Government that is transforming the systems and processes that hold onto this data to speed up and simplify researcher access.

Government is doubling efforts to build public services around a person and that means we need data and evidence built that way too – to know what to do, how to target resource and know whether we’re getting value from that spend. And in healthcare new datasets on medical imaging and genomics are pushing the boundaries of innovation that will improve the length and quality of life.

As we embark on this search for new Board Members, we are reaching out to individuals who are as passionate about this work as we are. They will hold our values of Transparency, Collaboration, Integrity, Humility and Courage.  And they will bring additional knowledge, diverse perspectives and a commitment to helping RDS forge ahead in its work to improve the wellbeing of people of Scotland through better use of data.

Bringing additional expertise onto our Charity Board will help us bridge the gap between some of our current Board Members who are stepping down and will complement and expand the skill sets already present. We are thinking expansively about the work we do, and you’ll support and challenge our thinking as we embark on the next stage of this exciting journey.

You will help us achieve our strategy and the ambitions we’ve set out in our business plan.

1. Develop our Researcher Access Service to become the single point of entry for researchers wanting data about people, places and businesses in Scotland.

2. Broaden the range of users, data sets and delivery partners and demonstrate the public value of our work through new data insights and innovation.

3. Further automate, simplify and standardise the processes for data acquisition, ingest and linkage to meet user demand for a greater range of data sets.

4. Establish a mix of funding to support our longer-term service delivery and system outcomes.

The Board has more impact when it includes a mix of people with varying experiences and we are currently looking for new Board Members with skills and expertise in (a) commercial and business development, (b) media and communications or (c) public engagement and (d) privacy.

For a confidential discussion please contact David Currie or Catriona Mackie on 0141 212 7555.

You can access the Board Recruitment Pack and apply by CLICKING HERE

Closing date for applications:        Friday 26th April


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