Our team


Andrew Sage is a co-founder of CodeTheCity – an organisation established to promote and apply new thinking and solutions to civic challenges – primarily using Open Data.  In late 2015 Andrew and his colleagues established ODIAberdeen, the first node in Scotland of the Open Data Institute.

Andrew sees himself as an imagineer creating new worlds across various mediums. Currently he is experimenting in using Virtual Reality to visualise Open Data.

In 2014 Andrew was a Code For Europe Fellow and worked with Aberdeen City Council on several Open Data projects. These projects included creating several portals to aggregate Open Data and developing a range of native mobile apps to consume and add to the Open Data.

He also works as part of Tirami, a company that was set up by the five Fellows who took part in the Scottish arm of the 2014 Code For Europe programme.

Ian Watt

Ian Watt is a co-founder of CodeTheCity – an organisation established to promote and apply new thinking and solutions to civic challenges – primarily using Open Data.  In late 2015 Ian and his colleagues established ODIAberdeen, the first node in Scotland of the Open Data Institute.

Ian was voted the SOCITM’s Member of the Year 2013 and in the same year was awarded first place in the Local Government category of the Digital Leaders 50 UK poll.

In his day job, Ian has been with Aberdeen City Council for 17 years in a variety of roles. He recently moved from being the local authority’s e-Government Manager to a new post devising and delivering a multi-agency digital strategy for the city region. Additionally, as Aberdeen’s representative, Ian leads the Scottish Cities Alliance’s ERDF-funded programme to provide new Open Data Platforms for all 7 Scottish Cities.

In 2014 Ian led his council’s participation in to EU projects:  Code For Europe and Dans-on both of which sought to bring innovative approaches to delivering digital services coupled with Open Data and Open Source code.

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Bruce is always looking to engineer collisions between the real world & computing students at Uni. of Aberdeen with lean, agile & service design because experience+theory trumps theory. CodeTheCity helps him do that by providing opportunities for students to work alongside professionals so that they can learn from each other in a relaxed setting.

He is interested in helping people build better software and look for collaborative opportunities via honours projects and with the Aberdeen Software Factory. He also explores how to bring students from both universities in Aberdeen together to develop projects with Aberdeen City Councnil as part of the Aberdeen CityLab project. He also works with Aberdeen City Council to help develop the Aberdeen Data Observatory.

He practices using co-creative approaches to enable these successful projects because he knows that people who are having fun learn faster, and produce better results. This is why he’s a certified Lego Serious Play, and CoCreACT facilitator too.


Steve Milne

Steven in currently Head of Digital at Fifth Ring, a communications agency based in Aberdeen, Houston and Singapore. Steven studied at the University of Aberdeen from 1991 for his BSc in Chemistry. He worked as a software developer and solution architect for many years, before joining his current agency in 2011 to lead the design and delivery of digital marketing communications services to clients. He has long been fascinated by the role of technology in facilitating and improving communication within groups, and in the role of data in enabling groups and individuals to make better decisions.

He co-founded Codethecity in 2014 following a number of years of activity creating and hosting events for developers and designers in the Aberdeen area.

Heather Morgan
Trainer / Associate

Heather May Morgan is a Research Fellow at the Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen. Dr Morgan is a social scientist with expertise in qualitative and mixed methods approaches to data collection and analysis. She specialises in research into the use of (digital) technologies to obtain or provide information about human beings and their behaviours. She is interested in the interpretation and meaning of those data in social life. Heather’s recent work explores uses of health monitoring technologies (apps, wearables, fitness trackers, etc.). Her previous work looked at support for self-management of long-term health conditions, interventions for healthy behaviours in pregnancy, including indoor air quality monitoring, and gender in police CCTV. Heather has developed a strong portfolio of public collaboration in research and science communication activities and has external experience in the independent monitoring of prisons.

She joined the ODI – Aberdeen Node in August 2016 as she has an interest in innovative applications of data, whether routinely collected or specially generated.

Heather studied at the University of Aberdeen from 2001 and received her first degree in Law – options in French Language and Forensic Medicine – (LLB (Hons)) in 2005, a Certificate (CertHE) in Gender Studies and Philosophy in 2006, a Masters (MRes) degree in Social Research in 2007 and her Doctorate (PhD) in 2013. She was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in 2011.

A picture of Rory Gianni in a maroon sweater
Trainer / Associate

Rory is a developer and an ODI registered open data trainer. Rory is most interested in using technology to solve civic and environmental problems.

Rory was one of the 2014 Code for Europe fellows, working with Clackmannanshire Council, advocating the use of open data and technologies.

After the programme, Rory co-found Tirami with associate Andrew Sage.