A brand new workshop & conference event created for data leaders, by data leaders.

If you are a Chief Data Officer, Head of Data, Analytics or Data Science, join your peers at DataTalks for a unique opportunity to learn from thought leaders about the future of data and how it will transform business and society. Let’s make the most of this Data Revolution

- Day 1: A choice of two immersive and practical full-day data leadership workshops -
- Day 2: A brand new, dynamic and inspirational data leaders conference format -
- The UK’s first peer-to-peer CDO awards programme -
- Sessions led by Peter Jackson & Caroline Carruthers, authors of The Chief Data Officer’s Playbook -
- Next generation data thought leadership from hands-on, experienced practitioners -
- Created for data leaders, by data leaders -

Countdown to DataTalks:

Serial Technology Entrepreneur

Barney has been working in startups for the last ten years, mostly in San Francisco, with a focus on data systems, AI, and scaling social impact through technology. He has lead, architected, implemented and generally hustled as first employee, CTO, and most things in between at a number of startups, nonprofits, B Corps, a dating app and Salesforce.org. Most recently he was Chief Technology Officer at Factmata, using AI to fight fake news. He did his bachelors degree in Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence, specialising in NLP and Information Retrieval, at the University of Edinburgh.

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Carruthers and Jackson

Caroline is a respected, inspirational and fun leader who is passionate about improving data literacy and is an internationally acknowledged data cheerleader. A recognised expert in all aspects of data management, data transformation and enabling business strategy through data. She is regularly asked to speak at events both in the UK and internationally as she puts a human face on what can be seen as a ‘dry’ and difficult subject. 

Caroline has worked across multiple industries in strategic data and IT roles, most recently she was the first Group Director of Data at Lowell Group and the first Chief Data Officer for Network Rail. In both roles she started building the data capability from the ground up, delivering real change to each organisation around how they valued their data as an asset. Her engaging, practical and pragmatic approach means that, while understanding and leading strategic change, she can bring people on the journey with her.

Caroline is a recognised global data leader who is sought after for international speaking engagements. As well as co-authoring the renowned ‘The Chief Data Officer’s Playbook’ described as ‘a must read for the data leader’ (with Peter Jackson) she is currently working on her next book (also with Peter)  ‘Data Driven Business Transformation’ to be published by Wiley Q1 2019.

Caroline is a Director at Carruthers and Jackson, a company set up to improve data literacy and help companies understand how to treat their data as an asset. Data Talks, The Chief Data Officer’s Summer School and the work with their clients around their data strategies are examples of their work.

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Chief Data Officer
Addison Lee

Graeme left University with a degree in Actuarial Science and entered the dark world of very grey people who worked every hour god sent and did numbers for breakfast, lunch & dinner. He got into writing algorithms behind Insurance company systems for surrender values, car insurance premiums and mortgage indemnity. After 7 years of trying to finish the intolerable exams he gave up and found he could make a good living working with data and MI systems. After an Aviva takeover in 1999 he headed to the AA to finish their product warehouse off and lead the exploitation team, only for his boss to leave shortly after and leave me in charge. After a few years he was approached to set up an internal marketing analytics team and work with the central function running the warehouse. After 3 years he assumed total charge as they headed away from their parent company Centrica. After 5 changes of AA ownership and reaching Data & Insight Director he decided to leave for the role of Chief Data Officer at Addison Lee to modernize their data estate.

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Chief Strategy Officer
IBM, Watson

Jeremy is Chief Strategy Officer for IBM Watson Customer Engagement (Europe). He travels around the world talking to executives about marketing and consumer trends and how IBM Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities will revolutionise the future. He has been voted the most influential person on twitter for #BigData and one of the top 10 most influential marketing professionals globally. In previous roles he was the Head of Strategy for Salesforce Marketing Cloud and Head of Social Strategy for Adobe Marketing Cloud. Jeremy is the host of The Ten Words podcast and author of three books, the most recent of which is also called TenWords, a book about 140 “characters” who changed their industry with a ten word statement. All profits from the book are raising money for the NHS to buy to incubators for their intensive care neonatal unit.

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Chief Global Data and Analytics Officer

Dr. Katia Walsh's career spans over 20 years of fuelling digital innovation by harnessing big data, advanced analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence solutions. She is one of the very few global chief data officers with a command of the full spectrum of data capabilities: data governance, big data platforms, analytics services and digital solutions. As Vodafone's first chief data and analytics officer, Walsh has led the prioritisation of data as an asset and elevated it to one of the company's most important areas of focus at group board level. Among her achievements at Vodafone, she has developed a big data and advanced analytics strategy and delivered on the company's aspiration to harness the combination of new data, technologies and techniques to solve complex, high-impact business problems. She has also launched big data and advanced analytics capabilities in seven Vodafone operation countries and spearheaded architecture and delivery of a big data platform with 17 Petabytes of capacity, ranking among the top 10 EMEA big data platforms. The work she and her team are delivering is creating enormous business value at Vodafone. Through all this, she has managed an intense culture change in one of the most complex and dynamic companies globally.

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Director - Group Data Sciences
Legal & General

Peter is passionate about data, and about how data can drive innovation to transform organisations. 

Peter is the Director - Group Data Sciences at Legal & General and before this was a Chief Data Officer at Southern Water, tasked with developing and delivering a data strategy for the organisation.  Previously Peter was Head of Data at The Pensions Regulator (TPR), which regulates the pensions and automatic enrolment in the UK. So he has been through the mill twice in recent succession as a First Generation CDO. However, before joining the Pensions Regulator, Peter had been developing Data Strategies for businesses in the FMCG and Financial Services sectors for over a decade. First and foremost Peter is driven by a strategic approach to data, and believes strongly in the value of demonstrating the 'art of possible' and expanding colleagues' understanding about data management, data technologies, data science and data governance.. Peter firmly believes that data strategies must have a business outcome and should be aligned to the business objectives. Given any opportunity Peter will talk about data and try to enthuse those he is with. 

Peter is a specialist in Data Strategy, Data Technologies, Master Data Management Strategies, Data Governance Frameworks, GDPR and Data Science Strategies. With Caroline, Peter is the co-author of 'The Chief Data Officer's Playbook' published by Facet November 2017, and their second book 'Data Driven Business Transformation' will be published in March 2019 by Wiley.

Peter is a Director of Carruthers & Jackson which has developed DataTalks and the CDO Summer Schools. In October 2018 Peter will join Legal & General as Director Group Data Sciences.

This year Peter had been a keynote speaker and presenter on data strategy, IoT, AI and Machine learning, data governance, smart water networks, smart cities and data leadership in Holland, Germany, London, New York, Spain, Portugal, Johannesburg, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, San Francisco, Belgium

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Global Director of Data Services

Ryan leads Dyson's Global Data & Analytics team, who are tasked with designing and building the company's next-generation analytical capabilities. From research to marketing, their work spans the breadth of the company, with a focus on data-as-a-service. Prior to Dyson he spent four and a half years at Google, where he laid the foundation for the Global Business Organisation's analytical curriculum. Most of his work focuses on the practical application of big data analytics, and how demystifying these technologies can help deliver impact on the front line. Prior to completing his MSc in Social Science of the Internet at the University of Oxford he worked on a number of digital media start-ups. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, cycling, and travelling.

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Writer, Broadcaster & Presenter
Timandra Harkness

Timandra Harkness is a writer, broadcaster and presenter.

Her book Big Data: does size matter? published by Bloomsbury Sigma in 2016, came out in an updated paperback edition in June 2017.

Timandra is a regular on BBC Radio, writing and presenting BBC Radio 4’s FutureProofing series, and documentaries including Data, Data Everywhere, Personality Politics, and Supersense Me for BBC Radio 4, and Are You A Numbers Person? for the BBC World Service Why Factor series. She was also resident reporter on all 8 seasons of social psychology series The Human Zoo.

Since winning the Independent newspaper's column-writing competition, she has written for many publications including the Telegraph, Guardian, Sunday Times, BBC Focus magazine, WIRED, Men's Health and Significance (the journal of the Royal Statistical Society).

Timandra chairs and speaks at public events for clients including Cheltenham Science Festival, the Royal Society, the British Council, the Royal Geographical Society, the RSA, the Institute of Ideas, the Wellcome Collection and many others. 

After performing improvised & stand up comedy, & touring with a tented circus, she formed the first comedy science double-act in the UK with neuroscientist Dr. Helen Pilcher. Since then she has written and performed scientific and mathematical comedy from Adelaide (Australia) to Pittsburgh PA.

In 2010 she co-wrote & performed Your Days Are Numbered: The Maths of Death, with stand-up mathematician Matt Parker (supported by the Wellcome Trust). They performed the show to average audiences of 100.3 and 4 star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, then toured it in the UK and Australia. 

Timandra's science comedy since then includes cabaret, gameshows, and solo live show Brainsex (also supported by the Wellcome Trust).

Timandra has a BA in Film and Drama with Art & Art History, and a BSc in Mathematics & Statistics. 

She is a Visiting Fellow (Knowledge Exchange) in Big Data, Information Rights and Public Engagement with the Centre for Information Rights at the University of Winchester.

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DataTalks is set up by the first generation of CDOs who are tasked with sharing their insight, war wounds and ideas for the future. To overcome some of the challenges inherent with data roles, the community must do what it can to connect and communicate, helping everyone understand the bigger picture - share knowledge and develop new ways of thinking.


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