Matthew Woollard is the Director of the UK Data Archive and the UK Data Service. For both the organisation (UK Data Archive) and the service (UK Data Service), his key responsibilities are to: provide effective leadership and strategic direction; develop and enhance the national and international reputation; ensure their effective management, and strengthen their relationships with a range of internal and external stakeholders and collaborators.
For the UK Data Service, he heads the Strategic Leadership Group, ensuring consistent and valid strategic direction. For the UK Data Archive he is responsible for setting and ensuring the strategic goals of the archive, which include the promotion of best practice in data curation, data management and data security, driving archival innovation, advancing the professionalisation of data service infrastructures and integrating these activities into the UK Data Service. He also retains his previous responsibilities of the development of the UK Data Archive’s digital preservation policy and its implementation and maintenance framework.