September 27th 2016 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Laura Dewis

Chief Publishing Officer, Data Capability Group, Office for National Statistics

Laura Dewis joined the Office for National Statistics in 2013 as the Deputy Director for Digital Publishing. She is responsible for establishing a new Digital Publishing Division and was Programme Director for the "Improving Dissemination Programme" to develop the ONS website, open up more data, and introduce "digital-first" statistical products. Laura represents the ONS at the cross government Digital Leaders network, chaired by the Government Digital Service.

Laura was previously the Head of Online Commissioning at The Open University (OU). She was responsible for launching the OpenLearn ( website in 2006, making course materials freely available to the public under a Creative Commons licence and commissioning online content to support OU/BBC TV and Radio programmes. Laura has also worked on cutting edge linked data applications with the team, as an Interactive Producer for the BBC and BBC Worldwide and in a R&D role for The McGraw-Hill Companies in New York, investigating the impact of technology on the publishing industry. Laura has an MSc in Electronic Publishing from City University, London.


Alan Kilpatrick

Head of Sales: Scotland, Automated Intelligence

Alan has been working with Public Sector organisations for over fourteen years. He is passionate about helping public sector organisations create efficiencies and automate processes through the deployment of innovative technologies such as Big Data Analytics, HD Insights, Machine Learning, Semantic and Linguistic reasoning and Cloud platforms.

Professor Bill Buchanan

Professor of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University

Bill Buchanan is a Professor in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University, and a Fellow of the BCS and the IET. He currently leads The Cyber Academy ( and the Centre for Distributed Computing, Networks, and Security, and works in the areas of security, data analysis, Cloud Security, Web-based infrastructures, e-Crime, cryptograph, triage, intrusion detection systems, digital forensics, mobile computing, agent-based systems, and security risk. Bill has one of the most extensive academic sites in the World (, and is involved in many areas of novel research and teaching in computing. He has published over 27 academic books, and 250 academic research papers, along with several awards for excellence in knowledge transfer, and for teaching, such as winning at the Edinburgh Napier University Student Excellence awards in 2011, 2014 and 2015. Bill has an extensive track record for public engagement and social media and was included in the JISC Top 50 Higher Education Social Media Influencers in 2015. He regularly appears on TV and radio, and was named as one of the Top 100 people for Technology in Scotland for the last two years, and as one of the 50 people from Scotland’s digital technologies industry changing the world (Times Scotland). In 2016, in Scotland, his work resulted in the Innovation of the Year related to advanced cryptography, and his research has led to three successful spin-out companies, including Zonefox (an innovative company focused on data loss detection), and a number of patents.


Maureen H Falconer

Group Manager - Policy & Practice, Information Commissioner's Office

Maureen Falconer joined the ICO in 2007, and is currently Group Manager, Policy & Practice at the ICO’s Scotland Office. Maureen works with a variety of organisations, providing awareness-raising events, advice and guidance in all things data protection. Maureen sits on various development/steering groups, providing advice and guidance at the early stages of various public sector initiatives. Maureen’s remit includes the NHS, Local Government, Education and Social Work.

Prior to joining the ICO, Maureen worked in the Scottish Parliament as parliamentary researcher for Dennis Canavan MSP until his retirement in 2007. Coming from an academic background, Maureen lectured and researched in public administration with specific interests in education and health.

Jude McCorry

Head of Business Development, The Data Lab

Jude has over 15 years experience in Sales and Marketing in the Technology Sector working with B2B and public sector for companies like Dell, Firefly Communications and Xnet Data Storage. Jude has also worked in Academia at Edinburgh Napier University where she set up their commercial arm – The Edinburgh Institute - providing leading edge practice based executive education to Scottish Executives.


Jenny O'Hagan

Head of Service Development, Development & Regeneration Services, Glasgow City Council

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1992 and have undertaken a variety of roles within Local Government since 1994, having worked in Glasgow City Council since 1996 across a number of departments. These have included accountant, process owner, business process consultant and Head of Service roles. I have a vast experience in managing large change programmes, LEAN methodologies, organisational development and contributing to the continuous improvement agenda through leading strategic delivery of service reform and more recently performing a key role within the Transformation Programme for Glasgow.

I have successfully delivered a range of projects contributing to Glasgow’s financial challenges over the years including implementation of different working patterns within front line operations, maximising funding opportunities and more recently data analytics pilots. These pilots have informed an approach within the Council to create an Intelligent Business Programme, led by myself, to develop an evidence based data driven culture to deliver positive outcomes for citizens, at reduced cost.

Dr Colin Birchenall

Dr Colin Birchenall, Digital Transformation Manager, Glasgow City Council

Dr Colin Birchenall has recently been appointed as the CTO for the new Local Government Digital Office. Colin recently led on the technology architecture for the Innovate UK funded Future Cities Demonstrator in Glasgow with a focus on demonstrating the benefits of open data and big data analytics on a city-wide scale. Colin had previously led on the Council’s ICT strategy and architecture as part of the ICT and property joint venture, ACCESS. Prior to working in the public sector spent ten years in the telecommunications sector.

Alan Johnston

Deputy Director for Connectivity, Economy and Data, The Scottish Government

Alan Johnston is Deputy Director for Connectivity, Economy and Data in the Digital Directorate. A graduate in Applied Mathematics, Alan entered the civil service in 1994 after completing a Doctorate in Solar Theory. In Government, Alan has worked in a wide range of roles, most recently in the Learning Directorate overseeing the introduction of Curriculum for Excellence into Scotland’s schools. Before that Alan worked in Public Service Reform, and was Secretary to the Christie Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services. Away from work Alan is a father of three, a football coach, and chair of the local youth football club.


Peter Wells

Policy Associate, Open Data Institute

Peter’s first job was in Lancashire where he worked for a predecessor of Virgin Media sending technicians to people’s houses. He kept asking annoying questions so they moved him into another department and asked him to help answer them. Peter then spent 10 years at a consulting firm where he worked with telecommunications companies and regulators across Europe.

In 2014 Peter worked in a voluntary role to help make an independent review of digital government for the Labour Party happen.

Peter started working with the Open Data Institute in late 2014. Initially working on an initiative to recreate a list of UK addresses that could be published as open data and then supporting the policy team where he helps research, debate and explain that data sits on a spectrum and that data is infrastructure for every sector of our societies.

In his spare time Peter reads a lot of books and watches Blackpool FC.

Stephen Griffen

ICC Duty Manager, Scottish Water

Stephen has worked for Scottish Water in variety of Team Leader and Management roles for the last 29 years. In the last 6 years he has been employed within the ICC as a Duty Manager and has contributed successfully as part of the team to deliver £3.8million of efficiency savings whilst maintaining high levels of customer service. The current focus of the ICC is to monitor all 6,000 assets, ensuring water and waste water quality is maintained as well as managing distribution and avoiding environmental impacts.

Michael McMullen

Senior Project Manager, Scottish Water

Michael has worked as a Project Manager in a variety of industries for the last 18 years.  Within Scottish Water he has been employed for the last 5 years and successfully delivered the Situational Awareness Solution through all phases of implementation. In addition he has also been responsible for the successful delivery of a variety of operational projects to enhance our ability to respond. His current focus is delivering an Operational Technology Model to protect our operational environment against the ever increasing cyber security threat.

David Baird

Service Manager, NHS NSS

David is a Service Manager at National Services Scotland and heads up the health and social service area at ISD. With customer engagement and analytics firmly at the core, David and the team have been working with Partnerships to support health and social care integration information needs across Scotland. He has over 20 years experience in the health service with an analytical background.