Colan Mehaffey

Chief Operating Officer, Health and Social Care: Data-Driven Innovation Programme

  • Usher Institute
  • College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

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Usher Institute – University of Edinburgh
Doorway 3
Old Medical School
Teviot Place

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Colan has joined the Usher Institute as Chief Operating Officer for Health & Social Care sector of the Data Driven Innovation programme. His initial focus will be on developing the sector strategy for DDI, alongside the associated programme and resources to underwrite delivery.

Colan was previously Head of Web Strategy & Technologies at the University, working across the institution to develop a comprehensive strategy, roadmap and programme of activities.

He has extensive experience in technology and business transformation strategy and in his role with the Scottish Government's Digital Transformation Service he worked across the health and justice sectors. Prior to this he was Head of Digital Media with the National Trust for Scotland, responsible for their extensive digital portfolio.

Ranked in Scotland's 'Tech 100' as one of the key figures driving the nation's digital agenda, he also sits of the Centre for the Moving Image, including the world-renowned Edinburgh International Film Festival.