UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Data driven innovation expert Carol Sinclair joins IIPP

10 August 2020

Carol Sinclair, Associate Director of Data Driven Innovation at Public Health Scotland, joins the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) as a Visiting Policy Fellow.

Carol Sinclair joins IIPP

Carol joins IIPP to help rethink the role of the public sector in data innovation, in particular how can data and digital infrastructure reform public services such as health. She is responsible for a varied strategic portfolio within Public Health Scotland and in April 2020 returned from a short secondment to the Scottish Government as Strategic Adviser for Missions to the Scottish National Investment Bank programme in the Scottish Government. She is a keen champion and advocate for innovation across the public sector including the Scottish Government’s CivTech® programme and is a founding Challenge Sponsor and member of its Advisory Board.

MOIIS Members

Carol was invited in January 2018 to be a Commissioner on the UK Mission-Oriented Innovation and Industrial Strategy (MOIIS) Commission co-chaired by Professor Mariana Mazzucato and Lord David Willetts where she co-led the workstream on AI and Data Economy with Theo Blackwell (Chief Digital Officer, City of London). In her role with the Bank, she facilitated the Scottish relationship with IIPP (which hosted the MOIIS Commission) to further their understanding of the role of missions as a mechanism for accelerating strategic delivery and engaging civic society in our efforts to deliver the aims of the National Performance Framework and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

IIPP Director Professor Mazzucato welcomes Carol to IIPP “as a great champion for mission-oriented innovation in Scotland and beyond. Carol has been a fantastic member in our MOIIS Commission and a great partner in our work in Scotland helping to establish a new public bank. I am really looking forward to working with Carol on data driven innovation in the public sector.”

On joining IIPP, Carol says,

As a commissioner on the Mission-Oriented Innovation and Industrial Strategy Commission, I had a unique opportunity to work with some amazing colleagues from IIPP and also very importantly with senior leaders across a diverse range of UK and international organisations. This experience was a rapid immersion into the world of missions and mission-oriented innovation and I am now a passionate advocate and champion of the approach. I am very much looking forward to growing as a leader in this field and working with other fellows and the core IIPP team will accelerate that process for me as well as creating an opportunity for me to support others to innovate through wider adoption of a missions-approach.

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