Win for DataLab at UK Data 50 awards

Brian Hills, Head of Data at Edinburgh’s The Data Lab won ‘Best in Class’ in the Data Science, Analytics and Quality category at yesterday’s Data 50 Awards in London.

The Data 50 Awards is a UK initiative for celebrating data leadership and excellence, compiled by Information Age. The list is updated annually to recognise the top individuals and companies creating business value and innovation from data.

Over 300 nominations were received for the 2017 top 50 list and were then further whittled down to a list of 10 ‘Best in Class’ winners that were announced during an awards ceremony yesterday at Montcalm London Marble Arch.

The awards aim to “honour people and firms at the forefront of data – those transforming organisations and enhancing decision-making through its use, managing and controlling its proliferating growth, and driving business value.”

Brian is a founding leader of the Data Lab having joined with 18 years experience in engineering and analytics at HP, Sumerian and most recently Skyscanner, where he created, scaled and led the BI team and launched its first B2B analytics product. The Data Lab innovation centre has been created by the Scottish Government to drive significant economic and social value from data for the country through catalysing industry, academic and public sector collaboration. Hills is the technical leader of the organisation and is instrumental in developing and reviewing the projects proposals it receives for funding. He is critical in ensuring the Data Lab invests in projects that have the right balance of innovation, ambition and ability to execute – everything from startups with new ideas, to large international businesses and public sector organisations. Hills is also responsible for the Data Lab’s education portfolio and has, within two years, scaled this beyond the targets from its funders. He is a creative leader who embodies the mission at the Data Lab to innovate and deliver economic and social value at a national scale.

– Brian Hills’s nomination


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