Deputy Director National Innovation Centre for Data
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Barry Hodgson is Deputy Director of the National Innovation Centre for Data and manages the Digital Institute at Newcastle University. He is also responsible for industry collaboration on the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Cloud Computing for Big Data and previously managed the £12M RCUK-funded Digital Economy Hub on Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy which focused on using advanced computing technologies to transform the lives of older people and those with disabilities.
He graduated in 1992 with a BA(Hons) in International Business Management, from the University of Newcastle and the Graduate School of Business – Ecole Supérieure de Commerce Grenoble, France, followed by an MBA with Distinction from Newcastle University.
He joined the University in 1994 to manage European research projects and in the late 90’s spun out with Arjuna Solutions – a start-up focused on ‘middleware’ that was acquired by Bluestone Software for $13.5M in 2000. After a subsequent acquisition by Hewlett-Packard he managed the operations of HP Arjuna Labs in Newcastle before setting up as a new start-up, Arjuna Technologies, in 2002. As Director, he was responsible for business operations, finance, investor relations, and information services. He helped secure first and second round VC investment before completing a trade-sale of the technology asset to JBoss/Red Hat in 2005.
In 2009 he moved to Newcastle University where he has retained his interest and focus on innovative activity and played a major role in growing the Digital Institute, bringing over £85M in external income to the University.