Data Scientist: Helping people and organisations make better decisions and build stronger relationships by understanding, using and sharing data.
After 20 years of working with data and databases as a project manager, developer and analyst, I took a break in 2013 to follow my dream of completing an MSc.
A whirlwind year later, I had my Masters in Business Intelligence, where I asked, “How good is health open data?” (spoilers: not great). I went on to freelance for a year consulting on answering impossible questions such as: the Cabinet Office’s How open can we be with adult social care data? and Leeds City Council’s How can we persuade our people to save energy? (spoilers: not with a dashboard.)
I’m now a co-director at Open Data Services, a digital co-operative. We make open data useful, usable and in use. Our daily adventures include supporting open data standards to make a difference: from working with governments to be more open about public procurement, to helping charities build a 360° view of grant making, so they can make better funding decisions.
As a registered trainer with the Open Data Institute (ODI), I facilitate data know-how sessions, speak at events about data literacy, and help people and organisations find stories in numbers. I can be found at events like: Open Data Camp, International Open Data Conference, Open Government Summit, Agile Leeds and more.
Outside work, I live with my wife in sunny Wakefield, where I can be found lost in a good book, cooking up a storm or pondering deep philosophical questions like: “I wonder if plum chutney goes well with avocado?” (spoilers: it does)