Digital Futures Management Board

The role of the Digital Futures Management Board is to provide leadership to the University’s multidisciplinary Digital Futures activity, maintaining an overview of the University’s current capabilities in the broad fields encompassed by Digital Futures and identifying actual and potential areas of excellence.

The Board reports to the Digital Futures Strategic Advisory Board.


The Digital Futures Management Board is responsible for:

  • Raising the profile of Digital Futures within the wider University community, bringing researchers from different disciplines together into multidisciplinary communities;
  • Identifying opportunities to build critical mass, maintaining an overview of the current external landscape in terms of research and funding opportunities;
  • Building the profile of Digital Futures, encouraging and strengthening links with external stakeholders;
  • Encouraging the community to increase the impact of the University’s Digital Futures work on the world of practice.


The Management Board is chaired by the Vice President for Research and comprises the leads for each Challenge/Capability.

The current membership is as follows.

Societal Challenges

Institutional Challenges

Cross-cutting Capabilities

Health & Care: John Ainsworth

FSE e-Research: TBC

Data Science & AI: Magnus Rattray

Cities & Environment: Richard Kingston

FBMH e-Research: Mike White

Digital Trust & Security: Emma Barrett

Business & Employment: Ken McPhail

HUM e-Research: Nikolay Mehandjiev

Human Centred Design: Caroline Jay

Materials & Industry 4.0: Phil Withers

Education & Training: Clive Agnew

Social Media & Network: Johan Koskinen

Citizens & Government: Rachel Gibson

Admin & Estates: Malcolm Whitehouse

Internet of Things: Chris Taylor

Creative & Heritage: Kostas Arvanitis


Policy & Innovation: Anna Scaife

Professor John Ainsworth

John is the Director of the Connected Health Cities Health North pilot and representative for the Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences

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Professor Rachel Gibson

Rachel Gibson joined the University of Manchester as Professor of Politics in the Institute for Social Change December 2007.

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Professor John Keane

John Keane is a Professor of Data Engineering in the School of Computer Science and represents the Faculty of Engineering & Physical Science on the Mi Steering Group.

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Professor Magnus Rattray

Magnus Rattray is the Director of Data Science Institute and Professor of Computational and Systems Biology in the Faculty of Biology Medicine & Health.

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