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Core network members

Iain Bell is currently Deputy Director in Public sector and Households Division in the Office for National Statistics working on GDP and Public Sector Finance statistics

Prior to joining the Office for National Statistics, Iain was Chief Statistician at the Ministry of Justice and the driving force behind the opening up of significant amounts of Justice data for the first time. This involved considerable analysis of privacy issues and testing of privacy concerns prior to the release of information.

Iain has been involved in cross-Government data sharing for a considerable period of time. He was the driving force behind the creation of the work and Pensions Longitudinal Study – the Department of work and Pensions’ ground-breaking longitudinal administrative dataset and similarly lead the programme of work to link offending histories to benefit and employment records.

Iain has widespread experience of the legal and ethical issues underpinning data sharing and release of large volumes of administrative data


Iain Bourne (Group Manager, Policy Delivery Department)joined the Information Commissioner’s office in 1996. During his time with the Commissioner he has dealt with a wide range of areas, including health service compliance, new technologies, international issues and privacy at work. Iain worked for a couple of years on the freedom of information side of the ICO. During the last few years Iain has headed up the ICO’s work on information sharing, privacy notices, personal information online and anonymisation. He is currently very involved in the ICO’s work on the EC’s proposal for a new data protection regulation.


Keith Dugmore set up Demographic Decisions in 1996 to provide impartial consultancy to both commercial companies and public services. In 1998, he also established the Demographics User Group (DUG) to represent to government the interests of large commercial users of public data: you can see a list of its 15 blue chip member companies at www.demographicsusergroup.co.uk

His earlier career included working at the Greater London Council, LAMSAC, and the market analysis company CACI. Keith is actively involved in several professional bodies, and has also been appointed Honorary Professor at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London.


Peter Elias is a Professor at the Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick.  His research interests include the evaluation of large-scale government programmes, statistical monitoring of the status of particular groups in the labour market and the study of occupational change and the relationship between further and higher education. From October 2004 he has acted as the Strategic Advisor for Data Resources to the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), assisting the ESRC and other research funding councils and agencies with plans to develop data resources for research across the social sciences and at the boundaries between the social sciences and other disciplines.


Paul Jackson is ONS’s Subject Matter Expert on statistical law.  His responsibilities include providing guidance and advice on Freedom of Information, Data Protection, Open Data, statistical confidentiality, privacy, research access to confidential data, and European statistical law.  Paul is a member of the DWP Ethics Committee, the Understanding Society Data Access Committee, the DEFRA Network Transparency Panel, and the European Working Group on Statistical Confidentiality.  Paul is on the leadership team for the Data Without Boundaries project (a European Commission funded project to improve data access in the European Research Area), and chairs OECD’s Expert Group on international micro-data exchange.”


Jane Kaye is Director of the Centre for Law, Health and Emerging Technologies at Oxford (HeLEX) based in the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford. She obtained her degrees from the Australian National University (BA); University of Melbourne (LLB); and University of Oxford (DPhil). She was admitted to practice as a solicitor/barrister in 1997. She is advisor to a number of F7 projects and on a number of scientific advisory boards and journal editorial boards. Her research involves investigating the relationships between law, ethics, and practice in the area of emerging technologies in health. The main focus is on genomics with an emphasis on biobanks, privacy, data-sharing frameworks, global governance and translational research.

Philip Lowthian has been employed at the Office for National Statistics since 2000, most recently working as a Senior Methodologist in the field of Statistical Disclosure Control. He has worked on a range of projects for external clients such as the Scottish Government, Eurostat and the Department for Energy and Climate Change. Internal ONS projects have included developing procedures for confidentialising Census microdata  and research into relevant statistical software. Prior to the ONS he worked as a Research Assistant/Research Fellow as a statistician in the Chemistry Department at Birkbeck, University of London

Fred Piper currently holds an Honorary Fellowship at Royal Holloway, University of London. He was the founding Director of the Royal Holloway Information Security Group that was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in 1998.  He has held a number of visiting positions at other universities, including Illinois (Chicago Campus), Florence, Perugia, New York State (Albany), Michigan State, Western Ontario, Natal and Beijing.

Fred has published over 100 research papers, 6 books (4 on cryptography), and is on the editorial boards of two international journals. He has lectured world-wide on a wide range of topics in information security, both academically and commercially.

In 1985 he formed a company, Codes & Ciphers Ltd, which offers consultancy advice in all aspects of information security.  He has acted as a consultant for a number of financial institutions and major industrial companies in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Asia and South Africa. This consultancy has covered a wide range of subjects including design and analysis of cryptographic algorithms, and work on a number of ATM and EFTPOS systems.  In the last few years he has served on a number of committees offering security advice to a number of UK Government departments and agencies.

Fred played a leading role in the establishment of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) and has been on the board of directors since its launch in 2005.


Barry Ryan (Director, MRS Policy Unit) is a graduate of University College Dublin and the University of London. He was admitted to the bar in New York in 2004. He joined the Market Research Society (MRS) in 2005 as Standards & Policy Manager. In 2009 he was appointed Director of Policy & Communication at EFAMRO, the European Research Federation.

Barry has extensive experience in data privacy and self-regulation. He is responsible for representing the research sector to the UK government and regulators, and to the European institutions, including the Commission and Parliament


Clare Sanderson is Executive Director of Information Governance. Clare joined the HSCIS on an interim role in 2007 and was appointed to a substantive post in 2008. Previously she worked as an independent information management consultant, providing support to the NHS across all organisation levels. Clare has worked for a number of respected consultancy firms and also worked in NHS information services for more than 25 years, initially at both a regional and local health authority in the Northwest. Her expertise in information management and governance has enabled the HSCIC to develop a robust information governance approach to its work programmes.  She is a member of the UK Council for Caldicott Guardians. Clare graduated from Leeds University with an Operational Research and Statistics degree.

Natalie Shlomo is Professor of Social Statistics at the University of Manchester. Her research interests are in survey methodology and official statistics and in particular survey design and estimation, data processing and statistical disclosure control. Her research projects include several grants from the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union all involving research in improving survey methods and dissemination. She is a member of several national and international advisory boards for anonymisation and disclosure control of statistical outputs. Website:

http://staffprofiles.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/Profile.aspx?Id=natalie.shlomo


Chris Skinner is Professor of Statistics at the LSE. His experience in protecting the confidentiality of statistical data began with work on the ‘Samples of Anonymised Records’ released from the 1991 Census. Since then he has worked with the Office for National Statistics and other government agencies in the development of methods of risk assessment and disclosure control. He has also contributed to the related journal literature and is editor of the Journal of Privacy and Confidentiality.


Sam Smith work focuses on using the internet for civic good, and he has been advising PI since January 2012. He has worked on a range of human rights technology projects, building search engines about violence in Chechnya, wrangling data about political violence in Zimbabwe, and making research about modern slavery more accessible. He previously spent a decade working on research infrastructure in academia, and worked/volunteers with mySociety and the Nominet Trust, among others, around various policy interventions.

Peter Stephens works for IMS Health. He has been involved in the design of systems used to extract effectively anonymised data from hospitals, community pharmacy and general practice systems. He is a member of the Department of Health’s Transparency Sector Panel. He works with Department of Health and with the WHO on access to medicines and leads IMS’ work with the Medicines for Malaria Venture in Africa.

Linda Stewart  (Datasets Specialist at  The National Archives) joined its predecessor, the Public Record Office,  in 2002. Linda worked as a computer programmer on the Government’s Agricultural Census. After a career break she took an MSc in Landscape History: combining digital technologies with data from manuscripts. At the National Archives she has specialised in the preservation of government datasets. She has recently been working on the Government’s Open Data and Transparency initiative, helping to keep more datasets publicly available. Linda is particularly interested in the challenges and possibilities  of  digital material for new kinds of historical research, and is working with Web Science  PhD students from the  University of Southampton on realising new perspectives from the data in  The National Archives’ comprehensive collection of government websites.

Nicky Tarry has been a government statistician for over 20 years, with time in DWP, its predecessors and what are now BIS and DfE. For the last eight years he has specialised in information governance – ethics, privacy, data protection, security, data sharing, data linking, freedom of information, open data and transparency. Nicky is based in DWP’s Information Governance & Security Directorate, often leading work across DWP and representing DWP’s interest in wider developments. Nicky’s recent activity includes the Administrative Data Taskforce, DWP’s response to the ICO’s Code of Practice on Anonymisation and work within DWP to embed it.


Steve Wood is Head of the ICO’s Policy Delivery department. In his current role he is responsible for overseeing policy lines, advice and guidance related to Data Protection and Freedom of Information legislation. This includes sign-off responsibility for key FOI decision notices and overall responsibility for the ICO’s input into legal proceedings following an appeal against an ICO decision notice. Previously he was Assistant Commissioner with responsibility for FOI Policy at the ICO. Before joining the ICO Steve was a Senior Lecturer in Information Management at Liverpool John Moores University, during this time he also set up and ran the FOI Blog and the open access journal ‘Open Government: a journal on freedom of information’


Matthew Woollard is Director of the UK Data Service and the UK Data Archive. Trained as a historian working with large datasets, he was Head of the History Data Service from 2002-2006 and Head of Digital Preservation and Systems at the UK Data Archive from 2006-2010. As Director of the UK Data Service his objective is to ensure that the richest possible data is made available for research and teaching — both within and beyond the higher education sector — by the most relevant modes of access within existing legal frameworks.