Dr Spittle is currently Dean Of Innovation at Edinburgh University. He is also Chair of Health Data Research UK and a member of the UKRI MRC Council. Prior to this he held several senior executive positions both in the UK and USA for IBM. This included Chief Technology Officer Europe and Vice-President of Software Group. During this time he was Director of the IBM Hursley Laboratory in the UK and was awarded The Royal Academy Of Engineering MacRobert Award for innovation in Engineering. In addition to this, Dr Spittle chaired The Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate) for the UK for seven years. In June 2008 Dr Spittle was appointed a Commander Of The British Empire (CBE) for his services to Industry.