Health and Social Care Data Board


Scotland’s Digital Health and Care Strategy  sets out the need for a Data Strategy. This is to ensure that health and care data supports the delivery of health and care services. In turn this empowers citizens and supports innovation and research.  

The Data Board has been formed to provide leadership and oversight to the creation of the strategy and the subsequent delivery plan associated with the strategy. The board will also take ownership of broader decision making on data to improve health and care outcomes, such as the implementation of data standards.

The Board will work together to:

  • provide collective, multi-agency leadership and strategic oversight to  influence and direct the scope of Scotland’s Data Strategy for Health and Social Care. This is to ensure it meets the needs of the Health and Care sector
  • develop the necessary governance and delivery arrangements required to support the use of data in Health and Social Care
  • work with other data governance bodies to contribute to shared priorities across government through a nominated representative
  • provide leadership and guidance to the Digital Health and Care Data Strategy Working Group
  • ensure alignment with other national strategies: Digital Health and Care Strategy; Scotland’s Digital Strategy and Scotland’s AI Strategy


Independent Chair

  • Carol Sinclair, Strategic Data Adviser

Core board members

  • Colin Birchenall, Chief Technology Officer, Local Government Digital Office
  • Susan Cloke, Data and Intelligence Manager, North Lanarkshire Council
  • Euan Dick, Head of Chief Scientist Office, Scottish Government
  • Mel Giarchi, Head of Whole System Intelligence Analysis, Scottish Government
  • Trish Quinn, National Care Service: Social Care Data and Digital, Scottish Government
  • Scott Heald, Director of Data Driven Innovation, Public Health Scotland
  • Karen Hedge, National Director, Scottish Care
  • Albert King, Chief Data Officer, National Services Scotland
  • Eilidh McLaughlin, Head of Digital Citizen Unit
  • Martin Murchie, Chief Officer for Data and Insights, Aberdeen City Council
  • Lewis Ritchie, Academic Primary Care, University of Aberdeen School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Penni Rocks, Head of eHealth Governance and Assurance, Scottish Government
  • Jonathon Todd, National Information Leads, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Marion Bain, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Scottish Government
  • Mavis Machirori, Senior Researcher, Ada lovelace Institute
  • Alan Bell, Chair of Information Governance Leads Forum, NHS Grampian
  • Roger Halliday, Chief Executive, Research Data Scotland and Co Director of Administrative Data Research Scotland
  • Andrew Straight, Associate Director, Ada Lovelace Institute
  • Alison White, Director, West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Jonathan Cameron, Deputy Director, Digital Health and Care, Scottish Government


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