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.

Governance Board Terms of Reference


Governance Board Members:


Mark Hunter, Chairperson

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

Jim McCumesty,

Head of Core Technologies, SAS

Sophie Lowry,

Senior Policy Officer, Scottish Funding Council

Kevin Hammond,

Director, SICSA

Alan Johnstone,

Scottish Government

Frances Sneddon,

CTO, SIMUL8

David Oxley,

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

David Smith,

Senior Executive at Scottish Enterprise

Jo Watts,

Founder at Effini

Martina Pugliese,

Data Science Lead at Mallzee

Ian Blewett,

Head of Technology, Scottish Enterprise

Dave Robertson,

Dean in Science & Engineering, The University of Edinburgh

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