Steve Caughey is Director of the new National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD) which will bring together industry, the public sector and world-leading academics to develop the skills, ideas and resources needed to exploit the opportunities offered by the explosion in digital data. 

Steve worked as a software engineer and system’s architect for a number of telecommunications companies before joining the influential Arjuna research team at Newcastle University in 1990. He was instrumental in commercializing the prototype work of this group by co-founding Arjuna Solutions in 1998. Steve led this start-up company to acquisition, by Hewlett-Packard in 2000, bought back the company (renamed as Arjuna Technologies) in 2002 and sold part of the product suite to RedHat in 2005. As CEO he was responsible for strategy, corporate development and partnerships. 

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