I’m currently a Professor of Computer Science & Public Policy based in South Wales; whilst my disciplinary background is in computer science and informatics, my research interests (see publications) are naturally interdisciplinary and sit at the research/public policy interface — identifying data-driven and computationally-intensive problems across a range of domains: data science, intelligent systems, software sustainability, computational reproducibility, digital transformations, public service innovation and skills/infrastructure for the digital economy. In the past, I was the Nesta Data Science Fellow, developing approaches to embedding data science capability into government for more effective data-driven policymaking. I have previously been a Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute and a Science Media Fellow with BBC Wales. In 2014, I was made an HEA National Teaching Fellow for my work in computer science education. In June 2017, I was appointed MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for “services to computer science and the promotion of computer science education”.
I have been Chair in Wales of Computing At School since 2010; CAS has been a key driving force behind computer science education reform across the UK. In September 2013, I co-chaired the Welsh Government’s review of the ICT curriculum and was a member of Welsh Government’s National Digital Learning Council and the UK Digital Skills Taskforce. In 2016, I chaired the development of a new Digital Competence Framework for all schools in Wales. In March 2017, I was announced as the chair of the National Network for Excellence in Science & Technology, a £4m investment by the Welsh Government.
I am also Vice-President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, an elected member of the ACM Europe Council, as well as a Trustee of the British Science Association and the Campaign for Science & Engineering.