What’s a highlight and a challenge of your role?
A highlight is getting to know all my RDS colleagues in this new organisation as it grows, working from home or at the Bayes Centre and connecting with our partner organisations. I am both a problem solver and implementer, and I enjoy thoroughly researching solutions to assist RDS teams develop towards a common goal.
A challenge would be the ever-evolving changes in technology, which mean that you are always learning and appraising new ways to achieve goals. You must also be vigilant to make sure that systems and people are protected against the latest cyber threats, which is vital to help maintain public support for what we do.
What difference do you hope RDS will make?
I hope that we can maintain the Scottish public’s trust in the values of RDS, and generate more support for research in the public good. By providing secure access to public sector data, we can enable research that can benefit people living in Scotland now and their descendants in the future. If I can help make that happen even in a support role, then it’s a step towards a healthier society.
What would be your "Mastermind" specialist subject?
I have a varied taste in music, but I would say “music of the eighties”, a diverse and innovative period of new wave (romantic) artists, great rock bands and synthesizers, and it’s still popular today.
Who, real-life or public figure, has inspired or motivated you in your career or life?
A senior architect colleague who worked with me in Asia offered me the following advice: “embrace the opportunities you are given in life, while holding true to your values”. I like to think that this led me to joining RDS in my current role.