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Guy Goodwin to chair UK Data Forum

18 August 2017

The chief executive of the National Centre for Social Research, Guy Goodwin, has been announced as the new chair of the UK Data Forum.

Guy takes over from Professor Tim Holt as chair, who is stepping down after four years in the role.

The UK Data Forum is a joint UK Statistics Authority and Economic and Social Research Council initiative. Its remit is to identify the national and international data resources required to meet the future needs of social and economic researchers. The Forum is made up of experts from across government, the research councils, universities and other research organisations.

Guy Goodwin said: "We want to inspire and enable a new generation of researchers to improve our lives by making the best and safest use of the vast amounts of data available to them as well as new and exciting data sets, such as big data. ESRC and the UK Statistics Authority are pivotal organisations in this and the UK Data Forum can help ensure we benefit fully from the opportunities offered by technology and the data revolution."

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For more information contact Leigh Marshall on leigh.marshall@natcen.ac.uk or 0207 549 8506 or 0782 8031 850.

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More detail about the UK Data Forum and its membership is available here.

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