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Tîm Rheoli

Yr Athro David Ford

Cyd-Gyfarwyddwr

David is Director of the Administrative Data Research Centre (ADRC) Wales, an £8million investment by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as part of its Big Data initiative and is Deputy Director of The Farr Institute CIPHER funded by a consortium of top UK research funders led by the Medical Research Council (MRC).

David is the lead of the SAIL Databank, an internationally recognised data linkage resource formed from a wide variety of routinely collected data from across Wales.

David is Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and past Chairman and current Director of MediWales, a membership organisation representing the medical technology sector of Wales. David has received research grants and consultancy contracts valuing over £40million.

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Yr Athro Ronan Lyons

Cyd-Gyfarwyddwr

Ronan is Professor of Public Health at Swansea University, Honorary Consultant in Public Health with Public Health Wales NHS Trust and an adjunct professor at Monash University, Australia.

He is currently Research Director for Health Data Research UK (HDRUK), principal investigator for the Wales and Northern Ireland site and national lead for the Improving Public Health scientific programme.

The focus of Ronan’s research is the use of routine data in cohorts, trials and in the evaluation of natural experiments and complex interventions. He led the development of a number of total population electronic cohorts in Wales as platforms for the evaluation of interventions and policies across the lifecourse.

He is also involved in linking data to support a number of UK cohorts and cross cohort initiatives, including being Associate Director for the MRC’s Dementias Research Platform UK. He has a particular interest in the prevention and control of injuries, leads the All Wales Injury Surveillance System and chairs the International Collaborative Effort on Injury Statistics and Methods (US CDC).

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Yr Athro Kerina Jones

Athro Cyswllt o Wybodeg Iechyd

Kerina is a Professor of Population Data Science at Swansea University Medical School. She is the Associate Director for Information Governance and Public Engagement (IG&PE) to ensure data protection and to maximise socially-acceptable data utility across the various Swansea University-based Population Data Science initiatives, including: the SAIL Databank, Administrative Data Research Wales, the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory Data Partnership and the HDRUK collaboration. Her work spans the spectrum of Ethical, Legal and Societal Implications (ELSI), recognising the importance of social acceptability. Kerina established an active Consumer Panel to advise on research and developments in Population Data Science.

The Population Data Science initiatives hosted at Swansea University are world renowned. Kerina is internationally acknowledged as having an essential and unique leadership role in these initiatives, by focusing on innovative data governance models and public engagement to enable person-based data to be used effectively and safely. This is a rapidly developing field with changes to regulatory & governance frameworks and evolving societal perceptions. Kerina leads an innovative research programme centred on IG&PE that includes work to inform cross-centre data sharing and how emerging data types, such as genetic data, and free-text data, can be used safely in conjunction with health and administrative records

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Tîm Gweithrediadau

Ashley Akbari

Uwch-reolwr Ymchwil a Gwyddonydd Data

Ashley is a Senior Research Manager & Data Scientist with experience of working on a variety of data linkage and research projects. He has a background in computing and various research disciplines which have evolved over time with his experience of working with anonymised data within SAIL Databank since 2008, as well as other data from the UK nations, and collaborating and being involved as part of programmes and projects including those in the Health Data Research UK, Administrative Data Research Wales, Nuffield Family Justice Observatory Data Partnership, Dementias Research Platform UK, MS Register, IPDLN and with the NHS and others. He works with stakeholders from a wide range of domains, disciplines and organisations in both the development, pursuit and delivery of their research, and supports and delivers a range of development and training.

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Caroline Brooks

Uwch Wyddonydd Data - Arweinydd Tîm

Caroline is a health data scientist with many years’ experience in the NHS, academia and industry. Caroline joined the SAIL Databank in 2006 as a Senior Research Analyst, and her responsibilities include data quality, documentation, supporting projects and providing guidance on using the SAIL system. She works with researchers to articulate their research requirements of the SAIL Databank and supports the training and development of analysts.

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Sharon Heys

Pennaeth Deddfwriaeth a Diwydrwydd Dyladwy

Sharon is a qualified and practising solicitor who specialises in the law of data protection, health learning systems and big data. She is the specialist legal advisor to the SAIL databank providing both internal legal advice and working with data providers to draft appropriate data sharing agreements and compliance documents. With over sixteen years of post-qualification experience Sharon has worked within government, the private sector and university environments working alongside cyber security and information governance specialists to provide legal support and advice at both operational and strategic level. Sharon has worked with international companies to ensure GDPR readiness and wider compliance and developed audit and compliance systems that provide assurance and quality control. Sharon has acted as an advocate and a trainer in this specialist field and plays an active role is the SAIL’s IGRP scrutiny processes.

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Chris Jones

Rheolwr Seilwaith

Chris is Senior Systems Developer for the SAIL Databank. He is responsible for the management of the technical infrastructure supporting the SAIL Databank and associated information products and services running on the IBM AIX DB2 platform. Chris led the design, development and implementation of SAIL Info Central and the SAIL Gateway.

Chris is a member of a number of the major SAIL committees (SAIL Advisory Board, SAIL Management Board and SAIL Data Management Committee).

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Julie Kennedy

Rheolwraig Busnes

Julie Kennedy is an experienced project and business manager. She spent fifteen years as an NHS IM&T project manager, working on regional and national projects with an eHealth focus. Joining Swansea University in 2010 as a Business Development Manager, she successfully developed a number of successful University / local industry collaboration projects and secured Welsh Government funding for two spinout projects (Health Cloud CIRP and Life Science Wales KEP). Within the SAIL Databank team Julie’s role is to manage the business workflow processes, ensuring that projects progress through their lifecycles from initial scoping to final closure and post project evaluation.

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Cynthia McNerney

Pennaeth Caffael Data a Darpariaethau

Cynthia joined the SAIL Databank team in 2010. She is responsible for all aspects of governance and management of data coming into SAIL from external organisations, both in relation to managing existing data held by SAIL and negotiating new datasets to be shared. She supports and manages existing relationships with a wide range of organisations who share their data as well as actively initiating new relationships.

Cynthia is Chair of the SAIL Data Management group and is responsible for SAIL’s Information Governance Review process.

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Jon Smart

Prif Swyddog Gweithredu

Jon is Head of Programmes and Chief Operating Officer in Swansea University Data Science. Jon is an experienced senior manager who has successfully delivered a wide range of large strategic programmes and projects in the public, private and third sectors across the UK and internationally. Jon is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI) and a PRINCE2©, MSP©, and Agile© registered practitioner and SCRUM Master©. Jon’s role is to manage all aspects of delivery of Swansea University’s role in ADR Wales, and, with colleagues in Welsh Government, to input into the operations of ADR UK.

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Dan Thayer

Uwch Wyddonydd Data - Arweinydd Tîm

Dan is a Senior Data Scientist, and his responsibilities include data quality, documentation, supporting projects and providing guidance on using the SAIL system. He works with researchers to articulate their research requirements of the SAIL Databank and supports the training and development of analysts. He provides the user view to all SAIL system developments. Dan’s background as a software engineer drives him to develop better tools for linked data analysis, which includes leading the International Health Data Linkage Network Technical Working Group.

Dan is a member of all of the major SAIL committees.

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Yr Athro Simon Thompson

Prif Swyddog Technoleg

Simon is a systems architect with many years’ experience in the NHS and academia. He is the Chief Technology Officer of a large team of talented, diverse skilled software developers. Simon leads the innovation, design, development and implementation of all SAIL technical system developments. He is responsible for delivering the technical workstream for Swansea as part of the UK network of health e-research centres of excellence.

Simon is a member of all of the major SAIL committees.

Cynthia is Chair of the SAIL Data Management group and is responsible for SAIL’s Information Governance Review process.

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Tîm Gwasanaethau Dadansoddol

Etienne Badoche

Cynorthwyydd Data a Phrosiect

Alex Coldea

Cynorthwyydd Data a Phrosiect

Huw Collins

Gwyddonydd Data

Huw has 25 years experience in various accounting roles spent, for the most part, in the Automotive industry culminating in this welcome career change. Currently working towards an MSc in Health Data Science at Swansea University.

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Hannah Davies

Rheolwr Prosiect

Muhammad Elmessary

Uwch Wyddonydd Data - Datblygwr Meddalwedd

Muhammad is a Research Analyst for the SAIL Databank. He works on the automation process for data quality checks for SAIL datasets.

He recently received his PhD degree in electrical and electronic engineering (nanoscale device simulation) from Swansea University, UK, before which he was working in the University IT business, mainly web developing.

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Ian Farr

Uwch Wyddonydd Data - Arweinydd Tîm

Ellie Gemine

Cydlynydd Gweinyddol a Data

Carys Jones

Gwyddonydd Data

Carys joined the SAIL Databank team in 2020. She discovered this role whilst working as part of an epilepsy research team in the university. Here she studied data connected to The Swansea Neurology Biobank. Carys graduated from the University of Manchester with a Masters of Chemistry. However, medical data science has definitely won her over.

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Anna Rawlings

Cynorthwyydd Data a Phrosiect

Anna supports SAIL analysts in providing researchers with the appropriate data and analyses to meet their research aims. Anna has recently joined the team having completed a PhD at Swansea University in molecular microbiology and with experience in producing research outputs from large datasets generated using high-throughput sequencing and analytical platforms.

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Sarah Rees

Uwch Wyddonydd Data - Arweinydd Tîm

Sarah is a Senior Data Scientist for the SAIL Databank. She works with researchers to define their research requirements and provides support regarding the use of health data within research projects. She contributes analytical support to a range of research projects and also contributes to increasing knowledge and awareness about the quality of data within the datasets held by the SAIL Databank. She joined the SAIL Databank in 2014; prior to this she was employed in the NHS in England and in Wales in roles relating to Public Health and Information Management.

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Ieuan Scanlon

Gwyddonydd Data

Hywel Turner Evans

Swyddog Ymchwil

Ting Wang

Gwyddonydd Data

Sarah is a Senior Data Scientist for the SAIL Databank. She works with researchers to define their research requirements and provides support regarding the use of health data within research projects. She contributes analytical support to a range of research projects and also contributes to increasing knowledge and awareness about the quality of data within the datasets held by the SAIL Databank. She joined the SAIL Databank in 2014; prior to this she was employed in the NHS in England and in Wales in roles relating to Public Health and Information Management.

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Owen Wright

Cydlynydd Gweinyddol a Data

Arthur Zinnurov

Swyddog Ymchwil – Datblygwr Meddalwedd

Tîm Busnes a Llywodraethu

Charlotte Arkley

Cydlynydd Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth

Charlotte is one of SAIL’s Information Governance coordinators. The role consists of administering all information governance functions related to use of SAIL data in line with standard operating procedures. In addition, the coordinators ensure that all documentation relating to SAIL projects, policies and datasets are kept up to date and are held, processed and deleted in line with legal requirements. The coordinators are supported in the role by the Data Acquisitioning and Provisioning Manager.

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Elin Halfpenny

Gweinyddwr

Elin is the Administrator for SAIL. The purpose of the role is to assist the SAIL team to effectively manage the administrative aspects of the SAIL Databank project. A key part of the role is the management and facilitation of a variety of SAIL related groups, committees and the organisation and administration of project events such as user knowledge sharing sessions and provision of administrative support across the SAIL project.

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Amy Williams

Swyddog Caffael Data

Amy is SAIL’s Data Acquisition Officer. The role consists of assisting the Head of Data Acquisition and Provisioning with increasing the number of data supplying organisations contributing to the SAIL Databank. Amy also assists researchers, who wish to bring in their own.

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Kevin Williams

Cydlynydd Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth

Kevin is one of SAIL’s Information Governance coordinators. The role consists of administering all information governance functions related to use of SAIL data in line with standard operating procedures. In addition, the coordinators ensure that all documentation relating to SAIL projects, policies and datasets are kept up to date and are held, processed and deleted in line with legal requirements. The coordinators are supported in the role by the Data Acquisitioning and Provisioning Manager.

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Gwasanaethau Cyfathrebu

Stephanie Lee FCIM, CMktr

Pennaeth Marchnata a Chyfathrebu

An elected Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) and awarded CIM Chartered Marketer (CMKtr) status, Stephanie brings more than 30 years of experience and knowledge in marketing, communications, engagement and internationalisation to her role as Chief Marketing Officer & Head of Marketing, Communication & Engagement Services for Population Data Science (Pop Data Sci) at Swansea University Medical School. She obtained her CIM Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Marketing in 1995 when she was residing in Singapore. She completed her MSc in International Marketing by distance learning in 2007 and, she is currently studying towards a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA, part-time).

She has been employed by Swansea University and working in the field of Health Informatics since year 2000. Her primary focus is to continually raise the profile of Population Data Sciences’s research activities, which includes SAIL Databank, and to successfully build strategic partnerships through leading a series of outreach and engagement programmes. This also includes establishing international collaborative agreements.

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Chris Roberts

Swyddog Marchnata a Chyfathrebu

Chris is responsible for all marketing, communication and engagement activities within the SAIL Databank team. Through marketing campaigns and events, Chris aspires to uphold and strengthen SAIL Databank’s excellent reputation as a world-class population databank. A graduate of Swansea University, Chris holds a degree in Business Studies. Chris comes from a background of marketing and events coordinator roles in health and medical research organisations such as Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie and Wales Air Ambulance.

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