Our Data Strategy Board

As part of our effort to place connectedness into the heart of our open data strategy we have created a data strategy board.  Membership will be announced in coming weeks. 

Data Strategy Board Terms of Reference

Purpose: to input into tiscreport data strategy, to ensure that the data structures, quality and linkage is geared towards:

  • achieving the desired outcome of eradicating slavery from supply chains.
  • making the most of the available legislative levers in the UK and globally to join up thinking and intelligence around modern slavery
  • enabling other public good outcomes by the strategic collation of other useful data/technologies/platforms.

This board aims to join forces with other (open, shared or private) data custodians, public, private and voluntary, in order to create shared standards and resilience in UK Networked Data ecosystem. This in turn will provide a framework to support the creation of public, private and voluntary transparency technologies (transparencytech) with significant business value across sectors to be self-sustaining and/or profitable.

The data strategy board advises/feeds into the Governance Board, represented by the elected Chair.

Membership: will be for three years and renewable. Participation in the Data Strategy Board will be open to key Academics and Technologists in Research Bodies, Public/Private/Voluntary Sector Bodies and Open Data Initiatives/Organisations. There will be a number of ex-officio roles for a number of key active organisations to be determined by this board. All roles will be unremunerated but infinitely rewarding in many other ways...


Data Strategy Board Members

Chair: Dr James Allan, Director and  Head of Consulting for EMEA and APAC, Verisk Maplecroft

James Allan is a Director at Verisk Maplecroft and Head of Consulting for EMEA and APAC regions. He has over 10 years of experience undertaking research and providing advisory services on environmental and social impacts and risks across multiple sectors, including mining, oil and gas, financial services and FMCG. Key focus areas include human rights, climate change and water risks to companies, supply chains and rights holders.

Prior to his current role, James managed Verisk Maplecroft’s human rights and environment research teams where he was responsible for producing quantitative datasets in these domains, including a Modern Slavery Index which covers 198 countries. He also developed the company’s Commodities Risk Analytics Service, which provides actionable analytics and research on key sustainability risks to companies sourcing hard and soft commodities.

James previously worked as an environmental specialist for an international engineering and design firm based in London, UK. He holds a PhD in City and Regional Planning from Cardiff University and a BA in Geography from Queen’s University (Canada). James is a frequent contributor to television and print media, and can be followed on @james_g_allan.

Professor Kate Robson Brown, Director of Jean Golding Institute for Data Intensive Research, University of Bristol

Kate Robson Brown is Professor of Biological Anthropology within the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Engineering, and is Turing University Lead for Bristol. She obtained her PhD in phylogenetics from the University of Cambridge (Newnham College, 1995), and held the Graham Robertson Research Fellowship at Downing College. She is the Director of the Jean Golding Institute for Data Science and Data Intensive Research at the University of Bristol. Kate is also Co-Chair of the Institute's Research and Innovation Advisory Committee, which steers scientific direction at the Turing.

Professor Andrew Crane,  Director of the Centre for Business, Organisations and Society, School of Management, University of Bath

Andrew Crane is a Professor of Business and Society and Director of the Centre for Business, Organisations and Society in the School of Management at the University of Bath, UK.

He is a leading author, researcher, educator and commentator on corporate responsibility. His books include an award-winning textbook on Business Ethics, the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility, and Social Partnerships and Responsible Business. His recent work has focused on understanding the business of modern slavery and helping public, private and civil organizations develop evidence-based solutions to the problem.

He has published in some of the world’s leading academic journals and is the co-editor of the journal, Business & Society. He is a frequent contributor to the media, including the Financial Times, New York Times, Globe and Mail, Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian. You can follow him on @ethicscrane.

Professor Felix Ritchie, UWE

Professor Ritchie is an applied economist with research interests in confidentiality and privacy, low wages, decision-making in large organisations, and the effecitve use of secondary data for research. He joined UWE in June 2012 after working in a range of jobs in the public and private sector in the UK and abroad. He works extensively with lawyers, psychologists, criminologists, sociologists and HRM experts as much of his work is inherently multidisciplinary. 

A key area of interest is ensuring that sensitive data is used effectively in research without compromising the sources. He has extensive experience of working with government departments and other data holders across the world, and he devised many of the best-practice concepts which are now used to manage research access to data.