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Dame Wendy joins the “Inspiring Fifty”

Professor Dame Wendy Hall introducing the Cross-Institute Datathon/Digichamps ©2015/cc by-nc

Web Science Trust Managing Director, Professor Dame Wendy Hall has been named one of the top most inspirational women in European technology by the Inspiring Fifty programme. Recognising Dame Wendy’s prominent global role in the development of the Semantic Web, and the academic discipline of Web Science (which celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year), judges on the Inspiring Fifty panel acknowledged the significant part she has played in encouraging women into Science, Engineering and Technology. Dame Wendy has, they say:

“shattered many glass ceilings … to promote the role of women in SET, and acting as an important role model for others”.

In addition to her work at the WST, Dame Wendy is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, and Executive Director of the Web Science Institute. One of the first computer scientists to work in ground-breaking multimedia and hypermedia research, Dame Wendy’s contribution is of international significance. She currently leads Semantic Web application research, and explores the interface between the life sciences and physical sciences.

Admin Team

Admin Team

Chira Tochia – Project Assistant

ChiraChira Tochia is an IPhD student studying Web Science at the University of Southampton. Her work involves assisting in the promotion, communications, and branding of the Trust.

Jane Morgan – Administration

Jane Morgan Jane is part of our hard-working admin team and looks after event management

Susan Davies – Head of Admin

Susan DaviesSusan heads up the admin function for WST and is secretary to the board of trustees.

Tim O’Riordan – Project Assistant

Tim O'RiordanTim is a final year PhD Web Science researcher at the University of Southampton. His work for the Trust focuses on developing the website and social media presence, and board-related administrative tasks.

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Ian Brown – Projects Director


Ian’s role at Southampton is two-fold: he is Projects director for the Web Science Trust where he supports the board of trustees in a co-ordinating role between labs, industry partners and the Trust and as a post-grad research student where he is interested in Innovation around the Web Observatory and writes a personal blog on web science related topics.

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Ian has spent 30 years in IT working for such organisations as IBM, Logica, Tibco and Thomson Reuters in a variety of positions covering project and programme management, development management, has operated his own consultancy BlackApple Limited since 1984 and has served as a non-exec director for several companies. His areas of experience are in Trading Systems, Supply Chains, Collaboration, Project Management and Cognitive Behavioural coaching and therapy.

Ian originally graduated from the University of Keele and holds a BA in IT and German, an MSc in Securities & Investment Banking from Reading University and is currently at Southampton studying for a PhD in Web Science with the Doctoral Training Centre.