Martin Pitt is Professor of Applied Healthcare Modelling and Data Science, University of Exeter. He joined Exeter University in 1998 following an early academic background in psychology, cognitive science and human-computer interaction. He has played a leading role in establishing networks across regional, national and international communities. In 2004, Martin established, and now co-ordinates, MASHnet (The UK Network for Modelling and Simulation in Healthcare) a national network promoting the integration of operational research into UK health services. In 2009, Martin formed PenCHORD (The Peninsula Collaboration for Health Operational Research and Development) a highly successful research team located within the NIHR CLAHRC SW (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care – South-west Peninsula). As director of PenCHORD he has over-seen over fifty collaborative research projects working directly with NHS organisations to improve service delivery. In January 2019 Martin was elected President of the Association of Professional Healthcare Analysts (AphA) – a dynamic UK based network to support the development of analysts and the promotion of data science more generally within the NHS.