The Administrative Data Research Network was an ESRC-funded project that ran from October 2013 to July 2018. It is currently at the end of its funding cycle and is no longer taking applications. Administrative data research will be taken forward in a new project, which was launched at the end of 2018.

Visit the Administrative Data Research Partnership for further information. 

This archival website reflects the state of play at the end of the project in July 2018. All content has been frozen and may not be up to date.

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Professor David Ford - Director

David is the Director of the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales and Professor of Health Informatics at Swansea University. David is also Deputy Director of The Farr Institute, funded by a consortium of top UK research funders led by the Medical Research Council.

David is the lead of the SAIL Databank, an internationally recognised data linkage resource formed from a wide variety of routinely collected data from across Wales. David is Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and past Chairman and current Director of MediWales, a medical organisation representing the medical technology sector of Wales.

Professor Ronan Lyons – Associate Director

Ronan is Professor of Public Health at Swansea University. He is a public health physician/epidemiologist with 30 years’ experience of clinical medicine, public health and health informatics in Ireland and the UK.

Professor Ian Rees Jones – Associate Director

Ian is Professor of Sociological Research at Cardiff University and WISERD Director. He researches inequalities in health, ageing and later life, lifestyles and social relations, class, community and social change and transparency and trust in health and welfare.

Dr. Kerina Jones – Associate Director

Kerina is an Associate Professor of Health Informatics at Swansea University Medical School. She is part of the senior management team of the Secure Anonymised Information Linkage (SAIL) system, and leads initiatives to ensure data protection and to maximise the use of data.

Rhys Davies – Associate Director

Rhys is a Senior Quantitative Research at WISERD and is based at Cardiff University. Rhys carries out research examining a variety of issues related to employment and the labour market and manages the user support function of the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales.

Programme management and delivery

Jon Smart – Programme Manager

Jon is the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales Programme Manager. Jon’s role is to make sure the Centre runs effectively, with responsibility for staffing, finance, project planning and overall administration. Jon is a member of the ADRC management board as well as the ADRN Operational Management group.

Jon’s background is in the management of large projects and programmes. He has worked in the private, public and third sectors managing a wide range of Welsh, UK wide and international projects and programmes.

Rob Garlick – Lead Administrative Officer

Rob is the Lead Administrative Officer for ADRC Wales. Rob is responsible for the centre’s day-to-day administrative activities, a role that involves all monitoring and reporting for the Centre alongside providing general support to the ADRC Wales team. 

Rob has a number of years’ experience in project support roles, and is currently working towards an internal audit qualification.

Data management and security

Andrew Austin – Chief Security Officer

As the Chief Security Officer at ADRC Wales, Andrew is responsible for the physical and information security of the ADRC Wales operational environments.  

Andrew’s background is in enterprise-level infrastructure development, support and consultancy in UK higher education sector, UK Government and UK MoD including high performance computing environments, as well as operations management and security in data centres. Andrew has a degree in Computer Systems Engineering and is qualified in ISO 27001 Information Security Management Systems (ISMS) Internal Auditing.

Lee Au-Yeung – Data Manager

Lee is a Data Manager at the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales. Lee is responsible for data acquisition and has a background in database and software development. 

Simon Ellwood-Thompson – Chief Technology Officer

Simon is a systems architect with many years’ experience in the NHS and academia. He is the Chief Technology Officer of a large team of talented, diverse skilled software developers. Simon leads the innovation, design, development and implementation of all ADRC Wales and SAIL technical system developments. He is responsible for delivering the technical workstream for Swansea as part of the UK network of health e-research centres of excellence.

Research support

Dr. Dora Pouliou - Research Officer

Dora is a Research Officer at the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales in Swansea. Dora’s research is interdisciplinary and she has been involved in a number of projects, applying theories and methods spanning social sciences, epidemiology and public health. These research engagements have expanded her knowledge and expertise in conducting analysis on secondary and administrative data sources. Dora is a health geographer with an interest in the determinants of health and a particular focus on the influence of the neighbourhood social and physical environments. Dora’s key responsibilities at ADRC Wales are focused on social inequities in health. 

Dr. Ian Thomas - Research Officer

Ian is a Research Officer at the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales in Cardiff. Ian has experience of working with complex data (administrative/secondary) relating to post-16 education and housing/homelessness. Ian’s research interests include quantitative methods; housing and homelessness; sexuality and sex education; childhood studies; digital methods and research ethics; post-humanism. Ian’s key responsibilities at ADRC Wales are focused on social policy and third sector research.

Jo Davies - Research Officer

Jo is a Research Officer at the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales in Swansea. Jo has over five years’ experience of working with administrative data, including both small and large scale data sets.  Having previously worked for the NHS, Jo has primarily worked with health data and has undertaken a variety of research projects relating to health outcomes through the use of hospital statistics, GP data and mortality records. Jo’s key responsibilities at ADRC Wales are focused on policing and criminal justice.

Katy Huxley - Research Officer

Katy is a Research Officer at the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales in Cardiff. As a quantitative researcher, Katy has worked on various projects including ESRC-funded multi-university projects. Katy’s specialist interests include industrial relations and trade unionism, education and skill development, work organisation (public and private sectors) and human resource management. Katy’s key responsibilities at ADRC Wales are focused on education, skills and employment projects.

Sian Morrison-Rees – Research Officer

Sian is a Research Officer at the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales in Swansea. Sian has over 5 years’ experience of working with administrative data using the SAIL Databank, working with health, social care and housing data. Sian’s current role is working with Welsh Government to examine the health and broader well-being impacts of Welsh Government funded home energy efficiency improvement schemes for low income households. Sian has previously worked in several health related research fields that include addiction and chronic conditions management. 

Rhodri Johnson – Research Officer

Rhodri is a Research Officer at the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales in Swansea. Rhodri has around four years’ experience of working with administrative data using the SAIL Databank for a number of housing and health related research projects.  Previously, Rhodri worked for more than ten years within the financial services and utilities sectors as a credit data analyst.  Rhodri’s current role is a Research Officer working with Welsh Government to analyse the impact of Supporting People programme which provides housing related support to vulnerable people at risk of homelessness.

Laura McGinn – Research Officer

Laura is a Research Officer at the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales in Swansea. Laura works on Welsh Government Social Policy projects. Before joining Swansea University, Laura worked at the University of Southampton for the Centre for Applications of Health Psychology (CAHP) and the Centre for Sexual Health Research (CSHR), which included working with a number of research themes such as vestibular rehabilitation, placebo effects and early years sex and relationship education. Laura has since built-up experience working with large administrative datasets within the SAIL databank and was lead researcher for the Welsh Government Supporting People Data Linking Feasibility project.

Suhaer Yunus - Research Officer

Suhaer is a Research Officer at the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales in Cardiff. Prior to joining ADRC Wales, Suhaer was involved in teaching a range of modules, both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, at Cardiff Business School relating to four broad areas - International Management, Organisational Behaviour, Research Methods and Human Resource Management. Suhaer has experience of working with secondary data relating to work organisation, human resource management practices and employee-related outcomes. Suhaer’s research interests include skill development, work organisation, human resource management, leadership and quantitative modelling techniques. Suhaer’s key responsibilities at ADRC Wales are focused on education, skills and employment projects.

Karen Tingay - Statistician

Karen is a Statistician with the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales in Swansea. Karen started her research career in child mental health services (CAMHS) in the NHS, focusing on patient experience and expectations, and service evaluation. Karen’s MPhil in Health Informatics was on the development of metadata standards for child mental health services, which formed the basis of CAMHS data reporting for the NHS in England and Scotland. Karen has worked in a variety of research fields, from congenital anomalies and pregnancy through to dementia, with particular focus on the impact of the geographical and social environment on health and wellbeing. Karen’s key responsibility at ADRC Wales is to provide statistical support to researchers.

Communications & Engagement

Cathrine Richards – Communications Officer

Cathrine is the Communications Officer for the Administrative Data Research Centre Wales. Cathrine is responsible for the planning and delivery of all communications activities within the Centre and works closely with colleagues across the Administrative Data Research Network to deliver Network-wide communications. Cathrine’s background is in public and media relations, having worked for a number of years in communications agencies in Wales, where she was responsible for the strategic planning and implementation of a range consumer and B2B accounts.

Stephanie Lee – Head of Marketing & Communications

Stephanie is responsible for developing and overseeing the marketing and communications strategies for the health informatics collaborative research projects, undergraduate and postgraduate students recruitment, and global outreach programmes that include plans for engaging with a wide range of stakeholders in the UK and overseas, web and social media marketing campaigns, press publications, and outreach events.

Stephanie is a CIM Chartered Marketer and her career includes a decade of multinational product and brand management, devised corporate marketing strategies, and developed retail and distribution networks for industry leaders in international luxury and lifestyle brands in Asia.

Page last updated: 25/07/2018