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Research Data Scotland welcomes Dr Emma Gordon as advisor to the board

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Research Data Scotland

13 Feb 2024

Dr Emma Gordon joins the Research Data Scotland (RDS) Board of Trustees as an Advisor, bringing valuable insights into the administrative data landscape across the UK.

Our board is responsible for the effective governance and development of Research Data Scotland, supports the directors in overseeing the delivery of our strategy, monitors key risks, and ensures resources are managed effectively.

Dr Emma Gordon is the Director of Administrative Data Research UK (ADR UK), an Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) investment, which is opening up secure access to government administrative data across the UK, to support research and inform policy decisions. She is also the Director of ADR England, one of four national partnerships that, with the Office for National Statistics (ONS), make up the ADR UK partnership.

She joined ADR UK from HM Treasury, managing the Government Economic Service and Government Social Research profession. Prior to this she was Head of Health Analysis at the ONS.

Commenting on her appointment as Advisor to the RDS board, Emma said:

Dr Emma Gordon, Director of ADR UK and ADR England said: “It’s an honour to be invited to join the board of Research Data Scotland (RDS). I share RDS’ vision of enabling secure access to public sector data to facilitate data-driven research and innovation in the public good. I will aim to bring valuable insights to the board, drawing on my current and previous roles, so RDS can be effective in advancing people’s wellbeing in Scotland.”


“I share RDS’ vision of enabling secure access to public sector data to facilitate data-driven research and innovation in the public good. ”

Dr Emma Gordon

Professor Roger Halliday, Chief Executive of RDS, said: "I’m delighted to welcome Emma Gordon as an Advisor to our Board of Trustees. Emma’s wealth of experience within government and academic settings, as well as her current work as the Director of the ADR UK Strategic Hub, will be incredibly beneficial not only to our work on the ADR Scotland programme, but also to Research Data Scotland’s vision of advancing health and social wellbeing in Scotland by simplifying access to public sector data.”


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