Tom Smith

Director Spatial Data Unit and Chief Data Officer

Tom Smith

Director Spatial Data Unit and Chief Data Officer
Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities

Biography

Tom is Director of the Spatial Data Unit and the first Chief Data Officer for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Committees (DLUHC) – a role that fulfils a lifelong fascination with using data to better understand and tackle public issues.

Excited by solving complex problems at pace and scale, other roles in government include launching and directing the UK’s Data Science Campus, building partnerships and a world class data science team of 100+ to deliver ambitious data science and capability programme across the Office for National Statistics, UK and globally. As founding director at the UK’s Joint Biosecurity Centre, Tom developed the initial proposals and built data & data science team of 200+ to deliver a step change in the UK’s pandemic response capability.

An entrepreneurial, collaborative and creative leader, Tom’s previous career includes co-founding and heading up research and data company Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (OCSI), launching products across five continents. He began his career in research at Oxford University, and his work now spans public sector, industry and academia sectors, building data and data science teams and capability for impact.

An internationally-recognised data and data science leader, Tom has had board and advisory roles at the UN, Royal Society, Royal Statistics Society, Environment Agency, Open Data User Group, media and academic groups.

Tom has a PhD in computational neuroscience, evolving neural networks for robot control (Sussex), an MSc in knowledge-based systems (Sussex), and MA in theoretical physics (Cambridge).

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