Alex Hutchison is the Director of the Data for Children Collaborative with UNICEF, based at The Data Lab – one of Scotland’s Innovation Centres. The Data for Children Collaborative a unique partnership between UNICEF, The Scottish Government, and the University of Edinburgh. By leveraging expertise from each of the partner organisations and their network, the Collaborative aims to address existing problems using innovative data science techniques and ultimately improve children’s lives. Focussing on a broad spectrum of issues affecting children, the Collaborative runs a portfolio of projects across themes including nutrition, mental health, COVID-19, population, poverty and climate change. As Director, Alex is responsible for the strategic management of the partnership, the operational delivery plan, governance, project portfolio management, ethics, safeguarding, youth engagement and all related legal and communication activity relating to the Collaborative. The Data for Children Collaborative focuses on actionable insights, responsible innovation and knowledge exchange as key levers for our delivery partners to improve outcomes for every child.
Prior to leading the Data for Children Collaborative at The Data Lab, Alex spent eleven years at NatWest Group working in the Finance function. The last five years within the bank were focused on Data Management and Governance, particularly focussed on regulatory requirements around data.