Professor Tom Crick MBE
I’m Professor of Computer Science & Public Policy (and Deputy Director of Innovation) at Cardiff Metropolitan University, having previously spent a number of years at the University of Bath. 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; 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”.
In September 2013, I co-chaired the Welsh Government’s review of the ICT curriculum and was a member of the 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 also wear a number of other hats: I’m Vice-President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and an elected member of the ACM Europe Council. I’m a non-executive director of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, the sixth largest regulated water and sewerage company in England and Wales; I’m also an independent member of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, which covers a population of approximately 500,000 people across Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend. I’ve previously been a two-term Trustee of the British Science Association (2011-2017) and two-term Trustee/Director of the Campaign for Science & Engineering (2011-2017).