Data industry pioneer Edwina Dunn has been named as one of four new independent commissioners to be appointed to the board of the Geospatial Commission, the government-funded body set up to maximise the value of all UK government data linked to location.
Dunn, along with CBI advisor Dame Kate Barker, former KPMG chief Kru Desai and Ofcom board member Steve Unger, joins chair Sir Andrew Dilnot and deputy chair Nigel Clifford on the board.
They will be responsible for providing expert advice to the Government on geospatial data, including on strategic priorities and value for money, to inform the UK’s Geospatial Strategy. The board, which works within the Cabinet Office, meets formally up to nine times a year.
Dunn was awarded an OBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to data and business in the UK. Along with husband Clive Humby, she co-founded Dunnhumby, the company which pioneered data-driven marketing through the Tesco Clubcard loyalty scheme.
She is now chief executive at data science consultancy Starcount, and also spearheads the What I See Project - a not-for-profit initiative to promote the voices and experiences of women from around the world through the medium of film.
Dunn is also chair of Your Life, a Government-backed campaign to encourage more young people to consider careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) industries.
Meanwhile, Barker has been in a number of roles including chief economics adviser to the CBI and a member of the National Infrastructure Commission. Desai has spent her career leading large and complex transformation programmes, with stints at Westminster City Council and KPMG. Unger was until recently a board member of Ofcom and has a number of private sector roles.
Dilnot said: “Their combined expertise and experience will be invaluable to the Commission’s goal to unlock the potential of geospatial data and improve the UK’s social, natural and economic environment.”
Thalia Baldwin, deputy director for policy of the Geospatial Commission, is to take over from William Priest as the director of the Commission from next month.