Lucy is cofounder of the Open Data Institute node ODI Devon and tech start-up The Data Place, and an ODI Associate and Data Trainer.
She worked first in fine arts and then in optoelectronics manufacturing, where she developed an interest in data analysis and information management, moving into public sector performance and policy management in 2001. She held various roles at Devon County Council, including Open Data Lead, before moving to the Food Standards Agency in 2018 to build data science capacity. In 2019 she left the Civil Service to focus on The Data Place and building local partnerships around better use of data.
Building on her experience of working at the extreme ends of the technical/creative spectrum, she advocates for better communication between technical and non-technical groups and the importance of making technological advances both useful and accessible. Lucy is a regular facilitator and speaker at open data and transformation events, conferences and unconferences across the country.