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The Approvals Panel makes sure the process of granting access to sensitive, linked administrative data is fair, equitable and transparent. It assesses the projects on a number of criteria. Projects must be approved before the data custodians make the final decision on whether to share their data.

Who sits on it?

The panel consists of:

  • the chair: Professor Sir Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice Chancellor, University of Aberdeen
  • three representatives of data providers:
    • Jane Naylor, Office for National Statistics
    • Yee-Wan Yau, HM Revenue and Customs
    • Steve Rose, Head of Strategic Research at Birmingham City Council
  • three senior academics (with different primary research areas):
    • Professor Richard Harris, Professor of Economics, Durham University
    • Dr John Power, Head of Research and Information Services, Northern Ireland Assembly
    • Professor Robert T Woods, Professor of Clinical Psychology of the Elderly DSDC Wales, Bangor University
  • a specialist in data protection and privacy: Lynn Wyeth, Information Governance Manager, Leicester City Council
  • two lay members:
    • William Mehaffy
    • Denise Kazmierczak

The Director of the Administrative Data Service or their nominee serve an as ex-officio member of the panel with no voting or decision-making rights.

The Panel can also refer specific questions to a group of independent lay experts who have volunteered their knowledge in specialist areas.

There is a list of approved projects.

Read the Approvals Panel Terms of Reference and the Approvals Panel Operating Procedures for more information.

Future meetings

The Panel meets regularly to make sure there are opportunities for projects to be assessed for approval.

  • 28 November 2017
  • 19 December 2017
  • 11 January 2018
  • 19 February 2018
  • 20 April 2018
  • 14 May 2018
  • 11 June 2018

We also publish the meeting minutes.

Rejected projects

Summary information about any projects rejected by the Approvals Panel is published quarterly.

Summary of rejected projects (47Kb)

Page last updated: 28/02/2018