ADR UK Ambassadors are people working in and around government who are committed to increasing and improving the use of administrative data for research to inform policy and practice, both within their own departments and bodies, and in partnership with others. They are a crucial part of our work to build the bridges between government and academia needed to make this happen.

Our Ambassadors are drawn from a range of professions – from information management and analysis, through data and security, to policy and operational delivery – and a variety of career stages. They are united by the belief that administrative data held by public bodies holds untapped potential to create insights that can help make better decisions, improving public services and the lives of people across the UK.

ADR UK Ambassadors are publicly recognised as data-driven change-makers. They have an important role to play in making sure the potential of data for public good is harnessed, in a way that is safe, legal, ethical and sustainable, while maintaining the trust and support of the public.

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ADR Wales Ambassadors

Ann John

Ann, a former GP, is now a Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Swansea University Medical School. She is the academic lead of the ADR Wales Mental Health research programme. Her research focuses on suicide and self-harm prevention and children and young people’s mental health. She is also a co-director of DATAMIND: the Health Data Research UK hub for mental health informatics research.

Ann works across sectors translating research into evidence-based practice and policy to prevent suicide and self-harm. She played a key role in developing the Wales National Suicide and Self-harm Prevention Strategy, UK Cluster Guidance, and the UK Postvention Framework in Higher Education. She leads the Suicide Information Database for Wales. Ann chairs the National Advisory Group to Welsh Government and co-chairs the cross-government group on suicide and self-harm prevention. She has advised on the responsible depiction of suicidal behaviours for a number of major TV programmes: Eastenders, Coronation Street, and This is Going to Hurt. She is regularly called upon to provide advice to both Welsh and UK Government.

Albert Heaney CBE

Albert Heaney CBE, is the Chief Social Care Officer for Wales, Welsh Government. Albert has worked in Public Services since the 1980’s. He qualified as a social worker in 1988 and initially worked in practice before moving into managerial roles. He has lead a busy government policy directorate delivering legislation and policy including the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act. Albert is a member of the Family Justice Board and Chair of the Family Justice Network Wales.

Prior to his current post, Albert covered as Deputy Director General for Health and Social Services during the pandemic. He is a former Corporate Director leading on Children’s and Adults Services and a former President of the Association of Directors of Social Services Cymru (ADSS Cymru). Albert has represented ADSS Cymru in a number of roles including, a Lead Director for Children and a Lead Director for Safeguarding and Prevention. Albert is a former Chair of the Children’s Safeguarding Board and of the Area Adult Protection Committee. Albert is committed to promoting and ensuring citizen rights and inclusive practice, which brings a commitment to working in partnership. He has also been actively involved in a range of collaboration and integration initiatives.

Albert is learning Welsh and is co-chair of the Welsh Language in Health and Social Services Partnership Board.

Peter Mackie

Peter is a Professor at Cardiff University and the Co-Academic Lead for ADR Wales Housing and Homelessness research theme. The primary focus of Peter’s research and advisory work is homelessness prevention. Peter has worked with linked administrative data for more than a decade, including the linkage of homelessness, education, health, and criminal justice data. His work has had considerable impact, including the development of new legislation and practice in multiple countries.

Glyn Jones

Glyn Jones is the Chief Digital Officer for Welsh Government, having previously held the position of Chief Statistician for Wales. Glyn has been a driving force in the ADR UK initiative during his tenure as Co-Director of ADR Wales (2018-2020).

His ambitious attitude to the safe reuse of data to inform government decision making resulted in the establishment of the Welsh Government’s first Data Science Unit. With Ministerial backing, this flagship initiative raised data science capability within Welsh Government to directly deliver projects to support better decision making and internal processes. Glyn was responsible for leading the administrative data research agenda in Wales, embracing a positive culture of secure data sharing for research to ensure that Welsh datasets are available for re-use in a sustainable and repeatable manner. As part of his role in leading the delivery of the Digital Strategy for Wales, Glyn continues to see the use of data and the use of administrative data for research as fundamental to achieving successful outcomes.

Tracey Breheny

Tracey is Director for Strategic & Cross Cutting Policy within the Welsh Government’s Health and Social Services Group. Before this Tracey held a number of policy, legislative and corporate roles most recently in the areas of poverty, child poverty and communities policy. During her career Tracey has also worked on European structural fund policy, local government reform and was a member of the (then) Welsh Office Devolution Unit which supported the establishment of the National Assembly for Wales in 1997. A career civil servant, Tracey has worked in the Welsh Office and Welsh Government for over 30 years.