UK & Ireland CDAO Executive Summit

15 September 2021 | Royal Lancaster London

15 September 2021
Royal Lancaster London

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with UK & Ireland's top CDAOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CDAOs today:

Scaling a data-first culture and driving data literacy across the enterprise

Adopting D&A strategies and operating models that deliver business value in volatile environments

Generating measurable economic benefits to the business from data assets and advanced analytics

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CDAO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your UK & Ireland CDAO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


14 September 2021

15 September 2021

18:30 - 21:30  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Private Dinner

Hosted by the Governing Body, this welcome reception and dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

11:15 - 12:00  Executive Boardroom

Defining a Data Strategy for Better Business Outcomes

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Imam Hoque

Chief Product Officer


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Paul Lodge

Chief Data Officer

Department for Work & Pensions

Today’s enterprise has access to endless amounts of data, and CDOs are challenged to continually find true meaning and value from the river of information. This peer discussion will consider ways to mature your data and analytics programme and strategically use the flow of data to align with the overall enterprise objectives.

Come ready to discuss how to:

  • Implement data strategies that align with desired business outcomes
  • Leverage data to gain greater insights and drive value
  • Define clear metrics to help measure the impact of the D&A programme

11:15 - 12:00  Breakout Session

Taking a Data Driven Approach to CX — The Link Between Customer Outcomes and Company Success

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Dév Rishi Sahani

Global Head of Customer Experience Data & Analytics

Nissan Motor Corporation

Creating an effective customer experience is more than simply ensuring your customers receive the services and products they desire in an efficient and timely manner.  As Nissan Motor Corporation’s Global Head of Customer Experience Data & Analytics, Dév Rishi Sahani has been spearheading Nissan’s data revolution and is responsible for transforming Nissan into a data-driven organisation, focusing on reliable data insights to deliver best-in-class customer experience and optimal economic value.

Join this interactive session to share best practice and insights on:

  • Actualising the enormous potential of data to deliver business & customer intelligence
  • Using advanced analytics, machine learning and personalisation techniques to deliver relevant experiences
  • Establishing a culture of continuous test & learn across all customer journeys.

11:15 - 12:00  Executive Boardroom

Leading to Literacy Through Emotional Intelligence

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Rob McKendrick

Head of Data

The Co-op

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Peter Eckley

Head of Data Strategy

Bank of England

Lack of data literacy is one of the largest inhibitors to organisations becoming more data-driven according to Gartner, and one of the largest challenges to becoming data literate is cultural change. CDOs must work daily as change agents in the organisation; their strategy to leadership must stand-firm against resistance, challenge old processes, and embrace stewards.

Join us in discussion around:

  • Understanding archetypes for change acceptance within your organisation
  • Using storytelling to influence stakeholders to embrace data-decision making
  • Best practices for empowering data stewards to build change

12:00 - 12:10  Break

12:10 - 13:10  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

Be sure to opt in when you register online.

12:20 - 13:30  Lunch & Comments

08:00 - 09:00  Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 09:45  Keynote

Pushing the Boundaries of Science Through Data Science & Artificial Intelligence

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Jim Weatherall

Vice President, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

Astra Zeneca

AstraZeneca has played an integral role in the response to the pandemic, in collaboration with the scientific community.

In this keynote, Dr Jim Weatherall will present his thoughts and perspectives on how data and technology have helped with the company’s response to the pandemic as well the impact it is making more broadly to maximise time for the discovery and delivery of potential new medicines. 

This includes:  

  • How AstraZeneca has embedded DS&AI in its R&D strategy
  • The impact this approach is having on its R&D productivity
  • How DS&AI helped enable business continuity throughout the pandemic  

09:45 - 10:00  Networking Break

10:00 - 10:45  Breakout Session

Adaptable Governance for Scalable Operating Models

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Meera Naik

Data Product Manager


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Douglas Silverstone

Chief Data Officer

Money and Pensions Service

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Roberto Maranca

VP, Data Excellence

Schneider Electric

Enterprise expectations for data and analytics to power business ambitions continues to rise, requiring effective governance foundations. However, current governance capabilities often fall short of what organisations need. To scale business-relevant governance initiatives, D&A leaders must address evolving requirements while ensuring a scalable and adaptive governance as part of the operating model.

In this session you will discuss:

  • Creating compelling business use cases to ensure stakeholders understand the role governance plays in achieving business outcomes
  • Strategies for approaching governance holistically by using adaptive frameworks to enable application of different governance styles for various business scenarios
  • Designing a trust-based adaptive governance as part of the business operating model

10:00 - 10:45  Executive Boardroom

Real World Data Mesh for Data Leaders

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Andy Mott

Lead Solution Architect - Data Mesh

Starburst Data

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Di Mayze

Global Head of Data & AI


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Dan Robertson

Group Director of Data & Analytics

National Grid

Investment in data, analytics, and AI innovation is consistently increasing across industries, but these investments have not yielded the kind of transformational results companies expect.

This spiral of inefficiency and dissatisfaction among large companies has given rise to Data Mesh, a new, more holistic approach to managing scale within global enterprises. The Data Mesh concept is a paradigm shift that demands organisational, technological, and architectural change. Yet the inherent logic of Data Mesh, combined with the success of several companies that have put it into practice, suggest that it has the potential to help organisations achieve the kind of results they have been hoping for since the beginning of the Big Data era.

Join this interactive round table to

  • Get closer to the core principles of the Data Mesh concept
  • Discuss the basic architectural patterns
  • Share experiences of how Data Mesh is used in practice today.

10:00 - 10:45  Executive Boardroom

Creating a Culture of Purpose and Innovation to Attract D&A Talent Aligned to Business Objective

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Brad Currin

Chief Data Officer


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Will Lowe

Chief Data Officer

Transform UK

Most CDOs know that attracting top D&A talent has less to do with job benefits and perks and more to do with the environment and work itself.  The common denominator among all the flavours of data scientists is the drive to evaluate and solve problems that are meaningful and compelling.  Creating a culture of purpose and providing opportunities to be creative and innovative are essential to attracting and retaining talent within D&A.  

Collaborate with your CDO community peers to discuss:  

  • Organising your D&A team to align with business objectives and foster innovation
  • Crafting and communicating your data strategy to attract top talent
  • Building a purpose driven D&A community to foster knowledge sharing and interdisciplinary problem solving

10:45 - 11:15  Networking Break

13:30 - 14:15  Keynote

The View From the Lakehouse: Enabling Data at Scale

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Chris D'Agostino

Global Field CTO


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Stuart Hughes



As enterprises struggle with the complexity of maintaining both data lakes and data warehouses, CDOs continue to wrestle with data silos that prevent a single source of truth yet require the expense of maintaining complicated data pipelines and reduced decision-making speed.

The lakehouse, a new and simplified architecture, which allows traditional analytics and data science to co-exist in the same system, may be the answer to overcoming this complexity.

In this session you will learn;

  • How organisations are applying lakehouse architecture to reduce complexity and accelerate decision making
  • The business impact of taking a simple, open, and collaborative approach for your data platform
  • The fundamentals of security and governance in a lakehouse architecture

14:15 - 14:30  Networking Break

14:30 - 15:15  Executive Boardroom

The Evolving Role of the CDO

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Barry Panayi

Director of Data, Insight & Analytics

John Lewis Partnership

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Neil McIvor

Chief Data Officer

Department for Education

With every segment of the organisation relying on or touching data, the responsibilities of the CDO are vast, spanning IT, operations, finance, product development, customer service and more.
From analytics and governance to value creation and risk mitigation the CDO role is different to any other senior role, with focus on transforming information into new strategic value.  But what is next for the CDO?

Join this boardroom conversation to discuss;

  • How CDOs should evolve their role in response to technology and business change
  • The short and mid term challenges CDOs must be prepared to face
  • The ultimate role - the transition from CDO to CEO

14:30 - 15:15  Breakout Session

The CDO and the Future of ESG Data

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Stuart Coleman

Learning and Business Development Director

Open Data Institute

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Eddie Short

Chief Data & Analytics Officer

O2 (Telefónica UK)

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Ross Simson

Global Chief Data Officer


In the face of climate change concerns and the increased calls for sustainable business operations, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues continue to rise to the top of the corporate agenda, driven by boards, regulators, and investors.  The viability of corporate ESG strategies lies firmly with the CDO and the pressure to deliver this data, is not without its challenges.

This interactive panel session will focus on;

  • The emerging ESG data industry and the key factors shaping its future
  • The growing importance of data transparency, Third-party data sources and free to access data
  • How to compare ESG performance and impact across different sectors, metrics and organisations?

14:30 - 15:15  Executive Boardroom

Executing Cloud Strategies in the Face of Changing Landscapes

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Joe Berry

Head Of Analytics

Brit Insurance

The pandemic and economic slowdown are serving as catalysts for digital innovation and adoption of cloud services. Strategically, there are great advantages for CDOs to follow the business to the cloud, but there is much to consider in implementing your cloud strategy to reap all potential benefits. In the connected age, how can you make the most of data in the cloud?

In this session you will discuss:

  • Improving user maturity by standardising cloud best practices across the business
  • Mitigating friction from data compliance or real-time data delivery
  • Increasing data flow for analytics, AI, and application development

15:15 - 15:45  Networking Break

15:45 - 16:30  Executive Boardroom

Optimising Analytics to Overcome Business Obstacles

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Tina Rosario

Chief Data Officer EMEA


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Julian Cherryman

Head of Data & Insight Applications


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Audrey Coutinho

Chief Data Officer


To unleash the full potential of predictive and prescriptive analytics, organisations must understand the objectives, techniques, and limitations of these models. Where is your organisation on the predictive and prescriptive analytics maturity continuum?

Join this session to discuss strategies for:

  • Developing an organisational plan for execution on insights to optimise the current environment and understand your customer
  • Effective uses of predictive and prescriptive analytics to achieve a better bottom-line
  • Best practices for removing the fear surrounding AI and emerging technology

15:45 - 16:30  Breakout Session

From Dashboards to Dynamic Data Stories

Leave your love for multivariable regression models and fuzzy algorithms at the door. This interactive session is all about sharing best practices and learning new techniques to tell dynamic data stories infused with emotion and driven by intent.
Come prepared to:

  • Share specific examples of success and failure when communicating complex ideas to the business
  • Explore and refine storytelling techniques such as appealing to your audience’s emotions to paint a vivid picture and persuade
  • Discuss communication strategies that inspire trust, confidence, and action

15:45 - 16:30  Executive Boardroom

Designing a Data Quality Operating Model 

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Matt Edwards

Chief Data Officer

Anglian Water Services

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Joel Clark

Head of Business Intelligence

Biffa Group Limited

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Victoria Page

Head of Data, Insight & Analytics


The importance of data to enterprise organisations is undeniable, but not all data is created equally. Data and analytics leaders must make sure effective data quality practices, programmes and tools are in place to ensure high data quality across diverse data sources and distributed landscapes.

In this session, you will discuss:

  • Identifying capabilities and deficits that affect the success of your enterprise’s data quality initiatives
  • Aligning people, process and technology to ensure scalable practices and actionable insights
  • Building strong partnerships with all stakeholders across their enterprise and build a holistic data quality programme

16:30 - 16:45  Networking Break

16:45 - 17:30  Keynote

Harnessing the Power of Data to Transform the NHS

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Ming Tang

Chief Data & Analytics Officer


The NHS has a diverse range of analytics maturity, depending on the organisation. As such, ensuring that the data is made available in a timely, relevant and, most importantly, actionable manner is critically important.  As the Chief Data and Analytics Officer for NHS England and NHS Improvement, Ming Tang is responsible for the strategic development of data and analytics capability across the NHS.

In this fascinating presentation, Ming will share her journey, discussing the learnings made from the pandemic and how data has been key to transforming the health service.

Ming will share;

  • How to use data to create operational views, to ensure the correct decisions are made between national regions and systems
  • How to maximise the use of operational data from local systems to prioritise and focus, providing a common operating picture
  • How to build out forecasts using scenario-based tooling to project and understand the impacts of transformation efforts, and where best to invest effort for optimal return.

17:30 - 18:15  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

14 September 2021

15 September 2021

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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Royal Lancaster London

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