Director of Government Innovation

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Innovation Lab

Join Date

February 2016

What I do

Eddie Copeland is Director of Government Innovation in the Innovation Lab, where he is responsible for leading projects concerning city data, behavioural insights, local government digital reform, the collaborative economy and digital democracy. He is an advocate of government and public sector organisations making smarter use of technology and data to deliver more and better with less.


Previously Eddie was Head of the Technology Policy unit at Policy Exchange, one of the UK's leading think tanks. He has worked across a number of sectors, including as Parliamentary Researcher to Sir Alan Haselhurst, MP; Congressional intern to Congressman Tom Petri and the Office of the Parliamentarians; Project Manager of global IT infrastructure projects at Accenture and Shell; Development Director of The Perse School, Cambridge; and founder of open data start-up, Orier Digital.

He has a degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Bristol, and a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Leicester.

In his free time, Eddie is a keen guitarist and writes and records music in his home studio. He also likes learning languages and is currently studying French, Spanish and Russian.