Governance Board

Governance Board

The overall responsibility for the Data Lab resides with the Governance Board made up of representatives of each of the stakeholder groups, and chaired by an independent industry leader.

The Board approves all significant funding applications, monitors progress, terminates projects where necessary and decides upon future strategic areas for investment. It is strongly weighted towards industrial representation.

The Data Lab Governing Boards TOR

Governance Board Members

Mark Hunter, Chairperson

Chief Data Officer and Director of Labs at Sainsbury’s Bank

Mark Hunter has over 20 years of experience in analytics. Mark held roles internationally, working in China, Hong Kong and Australia before returning to his native Scotland to take up the Chief Data Officer role at Sainsbury’s Bank in 2016. He has previously worked for Coles, Teradata and Royal Bank of Scotland.

Industry and Public Sector Members:

Jim McCumesty, Private sector

Head of Core Technologies, SAS

Frances Sneddon, Private sector


Mark Logan, Private sector

Start-up & Scale-up advisor, non-exec, investor (former COO, Skyscanner)

Jo Watts, Private sector

Founder at Effini

Martina Pugliese, Private sector

Data Science Lead at Mallzee

Roger Halliday, Scottish Government

Academic Representatives:

Kevin Hammond, SICSA

Director, SICSA

Dave Robertson, Host University – The University of Edinburgh

Dean in Science & Engineering, The University of Edinburgh

Scottish Enterprise, Highland and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Funding Council (observers):

Robin Lee, SFC

Senior Policy/Analysis Officer, Scottish Funding Council

David Oxley, HIE

Interim Director of Sectors & Businesses, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)

David Smith, SE

Senior Executive at Scottish Enterprise