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Research Data Scotland (RDS) Transition Board


This group ran from February 2020 to November 2021. It has now been discontinued.

In 2018 Programme for Government Scottish Ministers announced plans for a new body to be set up to oversee the access of public sector data in Scotland, this will have the working title of Research Data Scotland (RDS). RDS will be a new national service delivery entity which will support improved access to linkage-ready public sector datasets for research in the public interest.

The RDS Transition Board will have strategic oversight of the RDS delivery programme, including transition from the project phase to RDS becoming a free standing and independent organisation. The Board may also oversee the early operation of RDS until such time all leadership and governance structures are in place.

The Board is chaired by Prof. Roger Halliday Chief Statistician, Scottish Government, and is made up of senior leaders from across the public sector, and leading academics. Secretariat is provided by the Data Access and Statistics Division, Scottish Government.

The Board follows the open government approach and encourages engagement via digital and other channels

Sub groups: 


  • (Prof) Roger Halliday (Chair), Scottish Government
  • (Dr) Corri Black, University of Aberdeen, Grampian NHS
  • Phillip Couser, Public Health Scotland
  • (Dr) Angela Daly, University of Strathclyde
  • (Prof) Chris Dibben, University of Edinburgh, ADR Scotland
  • Alan Ferrier, National Records of Scotland
  • Nicola Kerr, Scottish Government
  • Albert King, Scottish Government
  • Alessia Morris, Scottish Government
  • Carole Morris, Public Health Scotland
  • (Prof) Mark Parsons, EPCC, University of Edinburgh
  • (Dr) Jill Pell, University of Glasgow
  • Carol Sinclair, Public Health Scotland
  • Peter Whitehouse, National Records of Scotland