The directors are responsible for day-to-day management of the Administrative Data Research Network.
Peter Smith, ADRN Director and Director of ADRC-E
Peter is Director for the Administrative Data Research Network. He is also Director of the Administrative Data Research Centre for England, leading the Centre from the University of Southampton, and says, “Our vision is to see administrative data transformed into knowledge and evidence which can be used to inform public and economic policy, helping to tackle some of the major issues facing society in an innovative and efficient way.” Peter is Professor of Social Statistics, and Deputy Director of Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute. His research interests include statistical methodology and applying sophisticated statistical methods to problems in demography, medicine and health sciences.
Chris Dibben, Director, ADRC Scotland
Chris Dibben is the Director of our Administrative Data Research Centre for Scotland. He is also the Chair in Geography at the University of Edinburgh and part of the Geography and the Lived Environment research institute and the Director of the ESRC′s Administrative Data Liaison Service. His research interests include poverty, deprivation and inequalities; evaluating area-based initiatives; small area statistics; risk, vulnerability and hazards. He has worked on, among other subjects: epidemiological studies into recovery after heart attacks; the causes of low birth weight; the survival of drug misusers; the impact of air pollution.
David Ford, Director, ADRC Wales
David is the Director of our Administrative Data Research Centre for Wales. He is Professor of Health Informatics at Swansea University. He specialises in using routinely collected data to support and conduct research. He is joint lead of the Health Information Research Unit for Wales, which develops new ways of using information routinely collected in health and other settings, and a member of numerous committees and national bodies relating to health informatics and health-related research.
Dermot O’Reilly, Director, ADRC Northern Ireland
Dermot is a clinical senior lecturer in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast. He is involved with projects including the Northern Ireland Cohort for the Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the Centre of Excellence for Public Health (NI).
Melanie Wright, Director, Administrative Data Service
Melanie has senior oversight of communications and public engagement, project management, and network policy and protocol coordination. She represents the ADRN on the Governing Board as an ex-officio member, and works with government departments to expand access to administrative data. She is also associate director of the UK Data Archive, and functional director of the UK Data Service, where she leads on secure data access and data ingest.