Neil is the founding Director and Principal Investigator of the Software Sustainability Institute, and is based at the University of Edinburgh. He enables research software users and developers to drive the continued improvement and impact of research software, and is responsible for representing both the Institute and UK researchers at a national and international level.
Within the organisation, he oversees operations, contributes to policy development, develops and manages collaborations, and acts as the principal liaison with stakeholders. His current research interests include barriers and incentives in research software ecosystems and the role of software as a research object. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Open Research Software, chair of the ExCALIBUR steering committee, member of the Research Software Alliance, the BBSRC Transformative Technologies Strategic Advisory Panel and the STFC Particle Physics Technology Advisory Panel, co-chair of the Software Citation Implementation WG and FAIR for Research Software WG (FAIR4RS), co-chair of the Software Engineering for Science (SE4Science) workshop series, and co-author of "Best Practices for Scientific Computing" and "An Open Science Peer Review Oath".
Graduating with an MPhys in Computational Physics from the University of Edinburgh, he began his career at EPCC, becoming Project Manager there in 2003. During this time he led the Data Access and Integration projects (OGSA-DAI and DAIT), and collaborated in many e-Science projects, including the EU FP6 NextGRID project.
From 2007-2010, Neil was Director of OMII-UK, which provided and supported free, open-source software to the UK e-Research community. During this period, he was also Technical Manager of the JISC-funded NeISS social simulation project and the Project Manager of the JISC-funded ENGAGE initiative to undertake small, directed interventions in the development of software supporting researchers.
He is a previous chair of the EPSRC e-Infrastructure Strategic Advisory Team and the Software Carpentry Foundation, co-editor of "Software Engineering for Science", and has sat on several related advisory boards, including the EPSRC STFC SLA Steering Committee; SESC / CCPForge; HIFIS; TrustedCI; ISSF Open Research Project Board; BIS e-Infrastructure Leadership Council Software Taskforce; BBSRC ENWW-BSC People and Skills Working Group; ASEArch CCP, Future Compute, the Water Science Software Institute, and e-Research South.
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