Ritchie Somerville

Head of Strategy Data Driven Innovation Programme


Ritchie has over 25-years’ experience across a wide range of government policy, project and programme management roles in technology, town planning, economic development and business development, company start-up and programme development and delivery.

He contributed to the BEIS-sponsored Science and Innovation Audit for South East Scotland, led by the University of Edinburgh, and was seconded from the City of Edinburgh Council to the University in February 2017 working on the design and delivery of the Data Driven Innovation Programme, before moving across permanently in November 2019.


A co-founder of the Edinburgh Living Lab, he is a former Board Member of Digital Leaders Scotland, and the Cities Standards Institute.

He is a BSI Standards Committee Member on Smart and Sustainable Cities, a Member of the Institute for Leadership and Management, a member of the Scottish Government Digital Planning Taskforce, an Associate of the Association for Project Management and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).