Although UCD has been developed as a concept largely by PIB-d Ltd, it has long been apparent that – in order to win the necessary trust – the project has to be led by a public-interest body. This realisation led to the creation, in 2020, of UCDx as a community interest company, using funding provided by InnovateUK.

John Harrison, one of the founders of PIB-d Ltd, serves on the board of UCDx and provides necessary expertise. But he has declared his interest in PIB-d to the board, and – should PIB-d ever seek to win work from UCDx – will be recused from the associated decisions.