Simon Hodson is Executive Director of CODATA http://codata.org/, an organisation whose mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society by promoting improved scientific and technical data management and use. Related to this role, he sits on numerous project Steering Boards and strategic Working Groups in the area of research data. These include: the RDA-WDS Data Publication Working Group http://www.icsu-wds.org/community/working-groups/data-publication/publishing-costs and the GEO Data Sharing Working Group http://www.earthobservations.org/geoss_dsp.shtml. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Dryad data repository http://datadryad.org, a not-for-profit initiative to make the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable. Simon has a strong research background, as well as considerable project and programme management experience: from 2009 to 2013, as Programme Manager, he led two successive phases of Jisc’s innovative Managing Research Data programme in the UK.