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Dr Janet Egdell joins RDS as Advisor to the Board

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Research Data Scotland

07 Mar 2024

Dr Janet Egdell, Interim Chief Executive of National Records of Scotland (NRS), joins the Research Data Scotland (RDS) Board as an Advisor, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise from the Scottish public sector.

In her role at NRS, Dr Janet Egdell also holds the offices of Registrar General for Scotland, Keeper of the Records of Scotland and Keeper of the Scottish Register of Tartans. Before joining NRS, Janet was Accountable Officer at Registers of Scotland from 2014.

She started her working life as an economist, with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the University of Aberdeen. She joined the Scottish Government in 1999 working in a range of public sector policy areas, including water, fuel poverty, transport and infrastructure investment.  

The RDS Board of Directors/Trustees and the Advisors use their influence to support RDS in achieving its mission and bring diverse skills and expertise to guide our work. They support the organisation in the delivery of its mission to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing in Scotland by enabling access to and linkage of data about people, places and businesses for research in the public good.

On her appointment, Dr Egdell said:

“I’m really looking forward to joining the board of RDS and supporting its important work. I see RDS as having a key role in making the most of our valuable public sector data, working with partners like ourselves at National Records of Scotland, to develop efficient and innovative ways to link and share data.”

Professor Roger Halliday, Chief Executive Officer of RDS, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Janet Egdell as an Advisor to our Board. Janet has a wide range of experience and expertise across the Scottish public sector, and her insights will be incredibly beneficial in helping Research Data Scotland unlock the power of public sector data.”

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