Artificial intelligence strategy: trustworthy, ethical and inclusive

Our artificial intelligence (AI) strategy sets out a vision for AI in Scotland, the principles that will guide us, and the actions we’ll take to develop and strengthen our AI ecosystem over the next five years.


We would like to acknowledge all of the following for their contributions to the strategy development process:

Scottish Government

Jeremy Darot, John Fotheringham, Albert King, Scott Nowbaveh

The Data Lab

Gillian Docherty, Brian Hills, Steph Wright

Democratic Society Scotland

(Public Engagement Programme) Annie Cook, Namita Kambli, Kelly McBride, Shona McElroy*

Anderson Solutions

(Facilitation Services) Jennifer Russell, Alister Wilson

Thank you to all of the following people who gave their time to the development process through the Steering Committee and Working Groups.

Steering Committee

Chair – Kate Forbes MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Scottish Government

Accenture – Michelle Hawkins and Les Bayne*, Managing Directors for Scotland

Alan Turing Institute – Dr Ewa Luger, Fellow in Ethical AI by Design

COSLA – Councillor Steven Heddle, Environment and Economy Spokesperson

Creative Scotland – Clive Gillman, Director of Creative Industries

Dell Technologies – Robert Skipworth, Regional Territory Manager (Scotland and Ireland)

Federation of Small Businesses – Stuart Mackinnon, Deputy Head of External Affairs (Scotland)

iCAIRD – Professor David Harrison, Director

Merkle Aquila – Vicky Byrom, Head of Solutions Analytics

Nesta – Adam Lang, Head of Nesta Scotland

Scottish Council for Development and Industry – Gareth Williams, Head of Policy

Scottish Government Enterprise & Skills Strategic Board – Nora Senior CBE

ScotlandIS – Katy Guthrie*, Head of ScotlandIS Data

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations – Sally Dyson, Head of Digital and Programmes

SICSA – Professor Emma Hart and Professor Helen Hastie, AI Leads

Scottish Trades Union Congress – Helen Martin* Assistant General Secretary and Dave Moxham, Deputy General Secretary

The Data Lab – Gillian Docherty OBE, CEO and Brian Hills, Deputy CEO

Working Groups Ethical & Regulatory Frameworks

Susie Braham, Head of Data and Digital Identity Policy Unit, Scottish Government

Kate Dodgson, Project Manager and Lawyer, City of The Hague - Data Science Initiative

David Gourlay, Partner, MacRoberts LLP

Adam Lang, Head of Nesta Scotland, Nesta Scotland

Dr Ewa Luger, Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute (Ethical AI By Design), Alan Turing Institute/University of Edinburgh

Helen Martin*, Assistant General Secretary, STUC

Eilidh McLaughlin, Associate Director, Cyber Security and Information Governance, NHS National Services Scotland

Ewan Nicholson, Lead Data Scientist, BBC

Stephen Peacock, Senior Policy Officer – Scotland, Information Commissioner's Office

Matthew Rice, Scotland Director, Open Rights Group

Anna Ritchie Allan, Executive Director, Close the Gap

Professor Shannon Vallor, Baillie Gifford Chair in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh

Skills & Knowledge

James Aitken, Education Officer - Scotland, Unite

Vicki Byrom, Head of Solutions Analytics, Merkle Aquila

Dr Dominic Chalmers, Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Glasgow

Claire Gillespie, ICT and Digital Technologies Sector Skills Manager, Skills Development Scotland

Prof Helen Hastie, Professor of Computer Science, Director of CDT-RAS, Heriot-Watt University/SICSA AI

Scott Heald, Head of Profession for Statistics, NSS/Public Health Scotland

Robin Huggins, Director of Academy & Client Services, MBN Solutions

Lesley Laird, Director, Equate Scotland

Kirsty McFaul, Senior Education Officer - Technologies, Education Scotland

Alison Muckersie, Programme Director - Data-Driven Innovation Skills Gateway, University of Edinburgh

David Reid, Head of Skills, Highlands & Islands Enterprise

Gareth Williams, Head of Policy, SCDI

Data Infrastructure

Robert Atkinson, Senior Lecturer, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde

Andrew Berry, Director, Deloitte UK

Colin Birchenall, Digital CTO LA, Digital Office

Anne-Marie Ermstein-Burns, Data Delivery and Acquisition, Administrative Data Research Scotland

Derek Graham, Programme Director SFT Connect, Scottish Futures Trust

Sally Kerr, Data Standards Project Manager, Scottish Government

Blair Lochrie, CTO Public Sector Scotland, Microsoft

Dr Neil Mackin, EMEA Technical Leader for AI/ML in Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

Dean Mann, Director, BlakesEye

Deryck Mitchelson, Director of Digital and Security, NHS National Services Scotland

Prof Mark Parsons, CEO, Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre

Kirsty Ramsay, Vice President Consulting Delivery Centre, CGI

Developing AI & AI Enabled Services And Products

Mark Graham, Product Manager, Sharktower

Katy Guthrie*, Head of ScotlandIS Data, ScotlandIS

Prof Emma Hart, Professor Nature-Inspired Intelligent Systems, Edinburgh Napier University/SICSA AI

Andrew McDonald, Director, Data and Integration Services (DAIS), Barclays

Stephen O'Neill, Digital Economy, Scottish Government

Ehud Reiter, Professor of Computing Science, University of Aberdeen

Ritchie Somerville, Head of DDI Strategy, University of Edinburgh

John Straw, Senior Advisor, McKinsey & Co

Áine Uí Ghiollagáin, CTO, Deepminer

Dr Tirath Virdee, Director for Artificial Intelligence, Capita Consulting

Prof Qi Wang, Professor in Next-Generation Networks, University of West of Scotland

Joining The Dots

Les Bayne*, Managing Director Scotland, Accenture

Sana Khareghani, Head of HMG Office for AI

Gillian Docherty OBE, CEO, The Data Lab

Tabitha Goldstaub, Co-Founder CogX and Chair of UK AI Council

Albert King, Chief Data Officer, Scottish Government

Jonathan Cameron, Head of Digital Health and Care, Scottish Government

Carly Kind, Director, Ada Lovelace Institute

Alexander Lawrence-Archer, COO, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

Carol Sinclair, Deputy Director Data Driven Innovation, Public Health Scotland

Clare Pierotti, Head of Inward Investment, Scottish Government

*in these roles when appointed but have moved on since

Kevin Collins, Assistant Principal Industry Engagement, University of Edinburgh

Dr Florian Ostmann, Policy Theme Lead and Policy Fellow, Public Policy Programme, Alan Turing Institute

Thank you to all the members of the public who participated in all of the activities as part of the public engagement programme.

The public engagement report can be read on our website.

Thank you to all of the individuals and organisations who contributed to the public consultation. The public consultation report can be read on our website.

Thank you to Alessandra Fassio, Dr David Lowe, Joanna McKenzie and Talat Yaqoob for their help in creating the engagement materials for the public engagement programme

Case Studies

Thank you to the following individuals for providing information for the case studies included in this document:

Nicola Anderson, CEO, FinTech Scotland

Brian Baglow, Founder and Director, Scottish Games Network

Claire Butterly, Administrative Assistant, iCAIRD

Dr Murray Collins, Space Intelligence

Dr Maria Lorente Crespo, Project Manager, Scotland CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund

Prof David Harrison, Director, iCAIRD

Alex Hutchison, Director, Data for Children Collaborative with UNICEF

Stephen Ingledew, Executive Chair, FinTech Scotland

Dr Gerald Lip, Clinical Director, North East of Scotland Breast Screening Programme

Michael McTiernan, CEO, Voxsio

Dr Aileen Orr, Executive Officer, SICSA

Andrew Richards, CEO, Codeplay

Gerard Scullion, Digital Manager, Scottish Government

Dr Tim Storer, Deputy Director, SICSA

Thank you to the following organisations for providing us with images for the strategy document:

Children's Parliament

Citizens Assembly

The Data Lab

NHS Scotland Photo Library

All other images from Shutterstock, Unsplash and Pixabay

Design Services provided by TwoFifths Design

Copywriting services provided by Lennon & Partners


Backing track: Lives Are Getting Longer by Post Coal Prom Queen (used with permission)

Voiceovers: Lyra Caryl-Wright, John Fotheringham, Mary Fotheringham, Malin Perry, Manolo Perez, Steph Wright

Sound editing: Gordon Johnstone

Animation by TwoFifths Design

Digital Communications support by JLDMS - Shona and Jackie Doyle



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