Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI)

The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation (CDEI) is an advisory body set up by Government and led by an independent board of expert members to investigate and advise on how we maximise the benefits of data-enabled technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI).

The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation will identify the measures needed to strengthen and improve the way data and AI are used. Announced in the 2017 Budget, the Centre’s activity includes promoting best practice and advising on how Government should address potential gaps in our regulatory landscape.

The Centre will play a pioneering role in shaping how data and AI are used, now and in the future, and ensure that data and AI-driven innovations deliver maximum benefits for society.

In November 2018 the Government published its response to the consultation on the role and objectives of the Centre. This also sets out the Terms of Reference for the advisory body.

CDEI Chair Roger Taylor discusses the role of the CDEI Board of and how they will help enable ethical, safe and innovative uses of data and AI

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Board Members

Roger Taylor (Chair)

Roger Taylor is chair of the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. He has worked as an entrepreneur, a regulator and a writer. He has argued for a rebalancing of control over data and information towards citizens and civil society. He is chair of Ofqual, the qualifications regulator and a member of the advisory panel to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Probation. He has written two books: God Bless the NHS (Faber & Faber (2014) and Transparency and the Open Society (Policy Press 2016). He co-founded Dr Foster which pioneered the use of public data to provide independent ratings of healthcare. He worked as a correspondent for the Financial Times in the UK and the US and, before that, as a researcher for the Consumers’ Association.

Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford

The Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft became Bishop of Oxford in 2016 and was previously the Bishop of Sheffield. A member of the House of Lords since 2013 and a member of the Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, the All Party Group on Artificial Intelligence and of the Advisory Board of the Oxford Environmental Change Institute. Co-author of Emmaus: the way of faith (1996-2003), and one of four lead authors of the Pilgrim resource to help adults explore faith. Author of a number of books including Ministry in Three Dimensions (1999 and 2008), his most recent book is “The Gift of Leadership according to the Scriptures”, ten biblical reflections on leadership for people in every walk of life (2016). Read his blog is at https://blogs.oxford.anglican.org.

Edwina Dunn

Edwina Dunn is co-founder of dunnhumby, the pioneering company behind Tesco’s Clubcard and other loyalty programmes around the world. She sold the business to Tesco in 2011, by which time, it had grown to an organisation of 1500 people, reaching 350 million customers in 25 countries. Now CEO at Starcount, a consumer insights company that brings the voice of the customer into the boardroom. She is also founder of The Female Lead: a non-profit organisation dedicated to offering alternative role models and giving women a platform to share their inspirational stories. The Female Lead: Women Who Shape Our World (published February 2017), is being donated to 18,000 schools across the UK and USA to inspire the next generation of female leaders. Edwina chaired a Government backed campaign “Your Life” to promote the uptake of Maths & Physics. Future Finder is the legacy technology created and represents the biggest free careers advice app in the market today.

Professor Luciano Floridi

Luciano Floridi is Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he is Director of the Digital Ethics Lab of the Oxford Internet Institute, and Professorial Fellow of Exeter College. He is also Turing Fellow and Chair of the Data Ethics Group of the Alan Turing Institute.

Dame Patricia Hodgson

Dame Patricia Hodgson was Deputy Chair and then Chair of Ofcom between 2011 and 2017. She was Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge, from 2006-2012, was Senior Independent Non-Executive Member of the Competition Commission, a part time member of its predecessor, and has served as a Member of the BBC and Wellcome Trusts. Patricia was a producer at the BBC, a main board Director between 1993-2000, leading on strategy, policy and the BBC’s switch to digital, before becoming Chief Executive of the Independent Television Commission. She has served on the Statistics Commission, HEFCE and the Committee for Standards in Public Life.

Susan Liautaud

Dr. Susan Liautaud is Founder of Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited, an international ethics advisory firm. She is also Founder of The Ethics Incubator, a non-profit platform for debate on ethics issues. She is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University on cutting-edge ethics. She is Vice Chair of the Court of Governors and a trustee of the London School of Economics and Political Science and Chair of the LSE’s Ethics Policy Committee. She serves on a number of nonprofit boards and ethics committees.

Baroness Kate Rock

Baroness Kate Rock is a Conservative Peer in the House of Lords. She was a member of the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence which, in April 2018, published the report: “AI in the UK: ready, willing and able?” Kate is a Non Executive Director of Keller Group plc, the world’s largest geotechnical contractor and Senior Adviser at the international business communications consultancy, Instinctif Partners. From 2014 until November 2017, Kate was a Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Imagination Technologies plc, the former global FTSE250 high technology company until its sale. Kate is a founding Ambassador of “Women Supporting Women”, a group at The Prince’s Trust committed to changing the lives of young women.

Kriti Sharma

Kriti Sharma is VP of AI at Sage and a leading global voice on ethics and AI applications for social good. Sage is a UK FTSE 100 tech company helping 3 million SMEs manage everything from money to people. During her time at Sage Kriti has overseen the launch of the AI Ethics of Code and a business roadmap for Building a Competitive, Ethical AI economy - exploring key priorities for successful application of AI. Kriti was recently named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for advancements in AI and made the inaugural Recode 100 list of influencers in Technology, Business and Media in 2017. She was appointed a United Nations Young Leader in 2018.

Richard Sargeant

Richard Sargeant is the Chief Commercial Officer at ASI Data Science, an AI firm with a mission to increase AI capability across the economy and society. The firm helps organisations safely develop, deploy and maintain AI at scale. Richard has over ten years experience working in the public and private sector on policies and programmes with data at their heart, including as one of the founding directors of the UK Government Digital Service. Before that he co-founded Engineers Without Borders UK, worked at Google, in Sierra Leone, and in a variety of senior civil service roles.

Dame Glenys Stacey (from March 2019)

Dame Glenys Stacey is her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Probation. A lawyer by profession, she is an experienced regulator. She is currently chairing an independent review of farm inspection and regulation, having formerly regulated qualifications, local politicians and animal health and welfare.

Dr Adrian Weller

Adrian is Programme Director for AI at The Alan Turing Institute, the national institute for data science and AI. He is a Senior Research Fellow in Machine Learning at the University of Cambridge, and at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence where he leads work on Trust and Transparency. He is an authority on AI, its commercial applications and how it may be used to benefit society. Previously, Adrian held senior roles in finance.

Lord Robert Winston

Lord Robert Winston is a world-renowned expert in fertility and genetics, currently Professor of Science and Society at Imperial College London. He has over 300 scientific publications about human reproduction and the early stages of pregnancy to his name. He is Chairman of the Genesis Research Trust – a charity which established the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology at Imperial and which now funds high quality research into women’s and babies’ health. He is a passionate communicator of science to all age groups both as a BAFTA-winning broadcaster and an author of over 20 titles. He is an active peer in the House of Lords and Vice-President of the Royal College of Music. He is a lover of fine wine, pre-war cars and Arsenal Football Club.

2018 Budget Announcement

In the 2018 Budget, the Government commissioned the Centre to explore how data is used to influence people’s experiences online, and the potential for bias in algorithmic decision-making. In line with its findings, the Centre will report to government on what steps could be taken to ensure data-driven technologies are used responsibly so they support businesses and society.

Contact details

cdei@culture.gov.uk