Advisory Board

Liz AllenLiz Allen is Director of Strategic Initiatives at F1000, and involved in shaping new initiatives and partnerships to promote and foster open science and research.  Prior to joining F1000 in 2015, Liz spent over a decade as Head of Evaluation at the Wellcome Trust, with a particular interest in impact assessment and the development of science-related indicators.  In 2015 Liz became a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Policy Institute at King's College London.

During 2014-15 Liz served as an adviser on the UK government commissioned Independent review of the role of research metrics in research assessment.  Liz was a Board Director of ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) from 2010 until 2015, and is currently a Co-Chair of Project CRediT (Contributor Roles Taxonomy -

Catherine JonesCatherine Jones leads the Software Engineering Group Leader in the Scientific Computing Department at STFC.  She is has a computing degree, is a member of the British Computer Society and a chartered Librarian.

She has a wide experience in providing information systems and services to the academic community,  both within and external to STFC using her software engineering and information management expertise to deliver effective services to user communities.  Her Group provide software engineering management tools and expertise through the Software Engineering Support Centre to UK academic computational science community ; data management pipelines to STFC Facilities, supporting the experimental community and publication and data repositories to STFC staff.   Her personal research interests are the digital curation of software & data, persistent identification of software;  linking research outputs (data, publications and software) and career paths for Research Software Engineers.

Neil GeddesNeil Geddes leads the STFC e-Science Department, with responsibility for data storage and management, scientific computing and grid technology development and exploitation in support of the scientific facilities operated by STFC.

Neil obtained his doctorate in High Energy Particle Physics (HEP) from the University of Oxford in 1986.  Thereafter, he joined the Particle Physics Department at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) where he remained until 2001. During this time Neil spent periods at CERN and SLAC, working as a member of the OPAL and BaBar collaborations to pursue research into Quantum Chromo-Dynamics hadronisation models and matter-antimatter asymmetries. In April 2001 Neil joined the UK’s Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council to direct their e-science programme, including the setting up of the LHC Grid computing project.  Neil was the first Chairman of the worldwide LHC Computing Grid Collaboration (wLCG). From 2005 to 2011he led the e-Science Department at the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), with responsibility for data management, scientific computing and grid technology, in support of the scientific facilities operated by STFC.  In 2012 Neil took over as Director Technology with wide ranging responsibilities covering engineering, micro-electronics, applied physics, nuclear physics and astronomy.

Neil is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and a Visiting Professor of e-Research at the University of Oxford, he has over 500…

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Director, Digital Curation Centre

As Director, Kevin maps new territory as the Digital Curation Centre embarks on its third phase of evolution (2010 - 2013), where the accent is on enabling capacity and capability amongst the research community in matters of digital curation.

Previously, as Head of Digital Archives at the University of London Computer Centre (1997 - 2010), he was responsible for a multi-disciplinary group that provided services related to the preservation and reusability of digital resources on behalf of other organisations, as well as programmes of research, development and training. His group operated NDAD (the National Digital Archive of Datasets) for The National Archives of the UK for over twelve years, capturing, preserving, describing and releasing government data as part of TNA's collections. As a past or present member of numerous advisory and steering groups, including JISC's Infrastructure and Resources Committee, JIIE, the Repositories and Preservation Advisory Group, the Advisory Council for ERPANET and the Archives Hub Steering Committee, Kevin has contributed widely to the research information community.

The Advisory Board provides the Software Sustainability Institute with insight and guidance on future strategic direction, particularly with respect to policy. It comprises individuals with experience from many different fields who all share an interest in research software.

Liz Allen
Liz Allen Kevin Ashley Michael Ball
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Senior Research Infrastructure Manager, EPSRC.

Assistant Division Manager, Information Systems Division, Fujitsu

EMEA Technical Work Group Vice-Chair, The Green Grid

Dr. David Snelling received his Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Architecture from Manchester University in 1993. His undergraduate and masters’ degrees are from the University of Denver. Since 1997, Dr. Snelling has been employed by Fujitsu as a research project manager in computer architecture, distributed systems, and energy efficiency technologies. Prior to joining Fujitsu, he worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Universities of Manchester and Leicester. His primary research interests focus on large-scale, complex, distributed systems, including their design, management, and environmental impact.

As one of the primary architects of the Unicore Grid, a member of the European Commission's Expert Groups on Next Generation Grids and Cloud Computing, a member of The Green Grid, and an active member of the W3C, OGF, DMTF and OASIS standards development organizations, Dr. Snelling has played a central role in the development of distributed systems technology in Europe and around the world.

Director of Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary, University of London

Following my graduation in 1984 (Electrical Sciences Tripos, Churchill College, Cambridge), I joined Thorn-EMI Central Research Laboratories, working on videotape data storage and high-definition TV. In 1987 I returned to Cambridge University Engineering Department as a Research Student under the late Frank Fallside, working on information theory and neural networks, continuing as a Research Associate. In 1991 I joined the Centre for Neural Networks at King's College London, initially in the Department of Mathematics and then Computer Science before moving to Electronic Engineering 1995. I was Joint Coordinator of the the EC-funded NEuroNet Network of Excellence in Neural Networks.

I have been working in source separation and independent component analysis (ICA) for 5 years, following a background in neural networks since 1987, including the particular method of non-negative ICA. I have applied ICA and related models to the analysis of music, including automatic music transcription. In 2002 I joined the new Digital Signal Processing group at Queen Mary, University of London, and later that year visited the ICA group at Helsinki University of Technology on a 3-month Leverhulme Trust Study Abroad Fellowship. Recent EPSRC Funding includes: Automatic Polyphonic Music Transcription Using Multiple Cause Models and Independent Component Analysis (GR/R54620/01); Object-based Coding of Musical Audio (GR/S75802/01); Information Dynamics of Music (GR/S82213/01). I currently coordinate the EPSRC Digital Music Research Network (GR/R64810/01) and the ICA Research Network (EP/C005554/1).

Lead, Research Infrastructure, EPSRC

Professor of Computational Biology, University of Oxford, and Chair of the Advisory Board.

David Gavaghan received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Durham University in 1986. From there he moved to the University of Oxford where he gained an MSc in Numerical Analysis and Mathematical Modelling in 1987 and a D.Phil in the Development of Parallel Numerical Algorithms in 1991. Since then he has been working in the field of Mathematical and Computational Modelling and has established and heads the Computational Biology Group which is based principally within the Department of Computer Science. In 2002 he was awarded substantial funding from the EPSRC to establish the Life Science Interface Doctoral Training Programme.

Further programmes in Systems Biology (funded in 2007) and an industrial programme in Systems Approaches to Biomedical Science (funded in 2009) have since been added, and the Doctoral Training Centre is now based in the Rex Richards Building in the heart of the University's South Parks Road Science campus. In October 2004 he was appointed Professor of Computational Biology within the Computing Laboratory (now Department of Computer Science). His research interests are in the mathematical modelling of physiological and biological systems, and in the development of robust approaches to the development of computational science software that will result in fully tested and reliable (open source) codes. 

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