The Data Lab is an innovation center that delivers social and economic benefit by bringing industry, the public sector, and academia together to exploit new opportunities from data. CEO Gillian Docherty shares her insights and experience building a team to help industry and the public sector innovate through data. Along the way, Gillian discusses some of the projects her teams have supported, from multinationals to startups, and explains how they leverage academic capability to help drive innovation from data.
Gillian Docherty is the CEO of The Data Lab, one of eight Innovation Centre’s across Scotland, where she is responsible for delivering the strategic vision set out by The Data Lab Board, the aim of which is to create over 250 new jobs and generate more than £100 million for the economy. Gillian has over 22 years’ experience working in the IT sector. Previously, she held a range of senior leadership roles at IBM UK, including leader for software business in Scotland, systems and technology sales leader and territory leader for general business Scotland. Gillian is on the board of Tech Partnership Scotland and is also a board member of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. Gillian holds a degree in computing science from Glasgow University. She is married and has a daughter.
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