UK & Ireland CDAO Executive Summit

20 June 2023 | Royal Lancaster London

20 June 2023
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:

Structuring Data Governance to Improve the Digital Enterprise

Fostering a Culture of Data Literacy and Analytics-Based Decision Making

Data Sharing — Driving Business Value Through Access & Collaboration

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.


19 June 2023

20 June 2023

18:00 - 21:00  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Please join the Summit’s Welcome Reception, an exclusive networking reception for all attendees to launch the Summit with an evening of drinks, gourmet food stations, and plenty of peer networking at The Orangery, Holland Park, London. A hidden gem located in one of London’s most beautiful settings, situated within the grounds of Holland Park.

18:00 - 21:00  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Please join the Summit’s Welcome Reception, an exclusive networking reception for all attendees to launch the Summit with an evening of drinks, gourmet food stations, and plenty of peer networking at The Orangery, Holland Park, London. A hidden gem located in one of London’s most beautiful settings, situated within the grounds of Holland Park.

08:15 - 09:00  Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 09:45  Keynote

Breaking Through the Hype – Practical Applications of Generative AI for CDAOs

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Brian Burke

Research VP for Technology Innovation


ChatGPT has grabbed headlines, caused competitors to scramble, been embraced by innovators and banned by some organisations and countries. It is just the latest example of a near decade-long technology trend called Generative AI which can augment human capabilities by creating realistic content, such as text, images, audio and much more. It can also be used to generate synthetic data that represents the original data and can eliminate privacy concerns, augment AI training data and mitigate bias. This session will explore the practical applications of generative AI to enable your organisation to stay ahead of the competition and drive innovation.

Join Brian Burke (Research Vice President, Gartner) to discuss:

  • Explore how generative AI is a fundamentally different approach to AI, extending AI models from classification to generation and enabling machine creativity
  • Expose the practical applications of generative AI which are making breakthroughs in product design, operational processes, and business models
  • Envision how your organisation can be an early adopter of generative AI to drive innovation in your industry

09:45 - 10:00  Break

10:00 - 10:45  Breakout Session

Advancing the Data-Driven Enterprise

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Alexandra Sidgreaves

Chief Data Officer

Zurich Insurance Company UK

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Dave Warder

Head of Data, Insights and Analytics

The Adecco Group

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Bronagh Riordan

Head of Data & Analytics


Gaps in the use of data and analytics grow wider as organisations continue to struggle with how to translate data insights into impact. Organisational culture, data literacy, and effective data and analytics communication are essential for CDAOs to support business leaders and their organisations to leverage the true value of information assets.

In this session, We’ll discuss:

  • Creating impactful data literacy training for the enterprise
  • Developing a strong data and analytics communications strategy
  • Utilising frameworks and common language around what it means to be data-informed

10:00 - 10:45  Breakout Session

Causal Decision-Making for The Enterprise: How Causal AI Enables Experts to Make the Best Decisions

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Darko Matovski, PhD

Chief Executive Officer


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Jonathan Saunders

Chief Data Officer

Direct Line Group

Causal decision-making is the process of identifying the causal relationships between variables and using that information to make more informed decisions. By leveraging Causal AI, businesses can analyse complex data sets and uncover the underlying causal relationships that drive their business outcomes. This talk will explore the importance of causal decision-making for enterprises and how it can enable domain experts to make the best decisions for their businesses.

In this session, Darko Matovski (PhD & CEO, causaLens) and Jonathan Saunders (Chief Data Officer, Direct Line Group) will share:

  • Real-world examples of businesses that have successfully implemented Causal AI, enhancing their decision-making processes
  • Gain a greater understanding of how advanced AI technologies can be used to enhance decision-making processes & drive better business outcomes
  • How AI can be leveraged to create opportunities for business growth

10:00 - 10:45  Executive Boardroom

Enabling Data to Navigate Cross Border Challenges

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Alasdair Anderson

Vice President


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Andy Moore

Chief Data Officer


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Sid Shah

VP, Data, Analytics and Media, International

Live Nation Entertainment

With data regulations and governance evolving both within region and cross-country , how can you best restore a free flow of data across borders quickly and efficiently while complying with a complex matrix of requirements? Juggling regulations for multiple regions can be challenging for large multinational organisations.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • The challenges and risks to data centralisation due to increasing complexity in localisation, and privacy requirements
  • The limitations of existing data tools that are not built to overcome these issues
  • Approaches to solving expanding data localisation problems and the impacts on data governance

10:00 - 10:45  Executive Boardroom

AI Pitfalls & How to Avoid Them

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Matt Armstrong-Barnes

Chief Technology Officer - Artificial Intelligence

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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Murtz Daud

Chief Data Officer


If Artificial Intelligence is mainstream and the cornerstone of digital transformation, why do so many projects fail? Proper foundations help avoid common pitfalls and get AI into production in a way that creates market differentiation and business value. Join us to fast-forward your transformation journey and learn how to avoid common challenges that prevent AI initiatives from moving out of the lab to going live at scale.

In this Executive Boardrooms Matt Armstrong-Barnes, Chief Technology Officer for Artificial Intelligence at Hewlett Packard Enterprise will discuss:

  • The common challenges organisations face on the AI journey
  • How to avoid them, make more progress and accelerate the benefits AI can bring
  • How to put the foundations in place for the next phase, AI at scale

10:45 - 11:45  Networking Break

10:55 - 11:15  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meeting 1

11:20 - 11:40  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meeting 2

11:45 - 12:30  Breakout Session

Debating the Blueprint for CDAO Progression

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Elaine Brown

VP Data Analytics


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Roberto Maranca

VP, Data Excellence

Schneider Electric

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Constantin Beier

Chief Data Officer


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Jules Elliott

Vice President, Science & Analytics


The role of the CDAO is still relatively new and what an executive can do beyond this is even newer. How this role is evolving, the fight to remain relevant and grow in prestige and what the future holds beyond being a CDAO is uncertain. There is no set path for a CDAO to walk, but rather a plethora of opportunities. This session will ask key questions, like what is the CXO step beyond CDAO? Should they aim to be a COO or how many of you have non-executive director positions?

Join this panel to explore:

  • Discussing key factors that can enhance the prestige and value of the CDAO
  • The importance (or lack thereof) of having a clear roadmap for the CDAO
  • The shifting responsibilities of the CDAO over the next five to ten years

11:45 - 12:30  Breakout Session

Responsible Innovation – Prioritising Ethical AI Frameworks

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Prathiba Krishna

AI & Ethics Lead, SAS Institute UKI

SAS North America

Concerns around AI ethics are increasing as AI comes into the mainstream. There is a greater need for transparency, accountability, and auditability in AI models. Organisations need to work towards responsible AI adoption to build customer and stakeholder trust.

New regulations will hit the UK and EU as early as 2024. There are likely to be differences in how these rules will be governed and enforced across the EU member states, and with many other countries developing their own frameworks, what will this mean for the organisations’ operations and performance? Yet, self-policing ahead of regulation is necessary as organisations’ success and reputation depend on doing the right thing.

Join SAS to learn more about:

  • Building fairness and equity into every AI model from the start
  • Ethical frameworks in place incorporating privacy, respect, transparency and consent to allow enterprises to innovate quickly and responsibly whilst preparing for upcoming regulations
  • The importance of data science practices to identify potential bias at a much earlier stage and therefore reduce operational, financial and emotional risk
  • Best practices for leveraging AI technologies with a human-centric and ethics-lead approach

11:45 - 12:30  Executive Boardroom

Developing and Retaining a Competitive Advantage by Building a Data-Literate Workforce of the Future

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Emily Challenor

Regional Director


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Nina Monckton

Head of Data

Just Group

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Gurpreet Muctor

Chief Architect & Data Officer

Westminster City Council

Data is the primary asset for organisations driving innovation. Converting data into actionable insights is a team effort and all employees must play a role to advance organisational objectives. Data and analytics leaders are tasked with creating a data literacy programme that streamlines and propels enterprise agility.

Join this roundtable discussion to discover how to:

  • Identify skill gaps that prevent organisations from achieving critical business objectives and maximising technology investments
  • Design scalable training programs that build organisation-wide data literacy and a data-driven culture through applied learning, without impacting your cost centre
  • Increase team engagement and retention, alongside attracting a diverse talent pool that allows organisations to better represent and serve their customers

11:45 - 12:30  Executive Boardroom

How Not to Waste the Generative AI Moment

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Shaun Mcgirr



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Richard Bates

Global Head of Intelligence Hub


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Julian Cherryman

Head of Data & Insight Applications


Multiple attempts to create value from data have been labelled “democratisation”: business intelligence in the 1990s, self-service analytics in the 2000s, and (citizen) data science in the 2010s. Yet progress on their common goal, putting more hands-on data outside central teams, has been wildly uneven. Cynical observers even note the same problem being “solved” over and over without understanding why earlier attempts failed. The current generative AI revolution has led, once again, to the same pronouncements, so what would make things different this time? Can AI help us escape the paradox of so-called structured data remaining impenetrable to domain experts? And how can data leaders avoid being left behind as business teams embrace AI faster than central teams can govern it?

You will leave this session, having discussed:

  • What is different (if anything) about this moment vs prior waves of hype/progress
  • Where your peers are realising value today from AI
  • How to use current hype to accelerate value-driven adoption of AI

12:30 - 13:30  Lunch Service

13:30 - 14:00  Keynote

Fuelled by Data – Gaining a Competitive Edge with Analytics

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Neil Martin

Formula One Strategist

Neil Martin, renowned Formula One data scientist and former head of strategy at McLaren, Red Bull Racing and Ferrari will be sharing insights and experiences from his three-decade career of using pioneering data analytics, modelling and technology as key tools to drive results at the pinnacle of world motorsport.

In this keynote session, Neil will share:

  • You will witness digital twins, simulation and predictive analytics in action that enable insights for various scenarios that would otherwise remain hidden; as some anti-intuitive outcomes are never discovered without these tools
  • You will experience the sport’s data and analytics journey from its beginnings back in the early 1980’s up to the present day, explaining how risk is embraced, mitigated and exploited using various techniques for competitive advantage
  • You will discover how Formula 1 techniques and tools have moved into the real world, as the techniques are used well beyond a race circuit and are in fact all around us in todays society

14:00 - 14:15  Break

14:15 - 15:00  Breakout Session

Maximising the Value of Data as a Chief Data Officer – Balancing Defence with Offence

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Niresh Rajah

Group Chief Data Officer

Danske Bank

The role of the CDO is critical in maximising the value of data. The CDO's journey in transforming an organisation to become data-driven is a complex journey. 

This involves going through steps in the journey carefully balancing defence with offence. Defence is building capabilities for organisations to meet regulatory and control objectives, whilst offence enables organisations to leverage data & analytics to create growth and revenue opportunities.

Join Niresh Rajah, Group Chief Data Officer, at Danske Bank to discuss: 

  • How do CDAOs balance the short-term vs the Long term needs of the organisation?
  • What are the key steps CDAOs need to take to create a data-driven organisation?
  • What are six key attributes to develop in the CDO organisation?

14:15 - 15:00  Executive Boardroom

Breaking Down AI Silos: Strategies for Scaling Data Science Across the Enterprise

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Kjell Carlsson

Head of Data Science Strategy & Evangelism

Domino Data Lab

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Pedro Cosa

Data General Manager

News UK

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Graham Smith

Head of Data Innovation & Strategy

NatWest Group

To unlock the business impact of your data you need to develop and deploy more, new AI/ML applications faster. To do so, leaders need to overcome AI silos - not just data, but the data science tools, infrastructure and talent silos that exist in most organisations. In short, you need to implement a strategy to grow, unify, accelerate and empower your data science teams across the business.

Join this session, moderated by former industry analyst Dr. Kjell Carlsson, where we will discuss:

  • Enabling data science: providing self-service access to the expanding ecosystem of data science tools and infrastructure
  • Growing AI expertise: effective strategies for growing data science talent
  • Unifying data science: driving consistent processes and best practices across teams
  • Leveraging hybrid cloud: overcoming and taking advantage of on-prem and multi-cloud environments

14:15 - 15:00  Executive Boardroom

Becoming a Next-Generation Data Organisation With Modern Data Management

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Sushant Rai

Vice President of Product Management


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Ariel Cohen

Chief Data Officer


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Vivek Jain

Head of Audit & Data Risk

Lloyds Banking Group

As businesses strive to put data at the centre of decision-making and culture, it's critical for leaders to understand their core data and its quality, and remove data silos to activate trusted, timely data across the enterprise. Data and analytics leaders must have the proper people, processes and technology in place to manage their core data and effectively drive value from them.

Join this session as CDAOs discuss:

  • Overcoming core data management challenges with faster time to value
  • Instituting a system to uphold data quality
  • Leveraging AI with real-time trusted data to harness valuable insights

15:00 - 15:30  Networking Break

15:30 - 16:15  Breakout Session

Team Structure & Reporting Lines – Show and Tell

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Dan Robertson

Chief Data & Analytics Officer


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Diane Berry

Chief Data Officer

Phoenix Group

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Suze Howse

Head of Enterprise Data


Organisations' data teams operate differently in response to different business needs. Getting your structure right can be fundamental in determining the success of your data operation and thus its impact on the wider business. In this interactive session, CDAOs from different organisations will present short “board pitches” covering their team structures, reporting lines and the reasoning behind them, followed by an open discussion. You’ll leave this session, with a wide view of different team structures and business insights, you could implement to elevate your business unit.

In this interactive session, we will explore:

  • Understanding the rationale behind each structure & discussing industry-specific nuances 
  • Positioning your team as data advocates and driving business outcomes 
  • Assessing how your business unit may evolve in line with new technological innovations 

15:30 - 16:15  Executive Boardroom

Driving Strategic Initiatives to Drive ESG

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David Braddick

Global Head of Data Analytics / Business Intelligence


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Steve Janoo

Chief Data Analytics and Digital Technology Strategy Officer


ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) offers a huge opportunity for CDAOs to be front of mind and lead the charge on improving their companies' impact on the world. They can play a key role in influencing strategic initiatives that drive ESG and the capital expenditure organisations develop in annual planning cycles. In this boardroom, we’ll consider how CDAOs can become catalysts for change and investments in companies.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Assessing how CDAOs can act as changemakers, and lead the ESG charge
  • Sharing strategic examples of CDAOs impacting ESG initiatives
  • Implementing a value-led approach to your ESG strategy

15:30 - 16:15  Executive Boardroom

Leading With Data — Advancing Data Innovation & Compliance

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Ludovic Veale

Executive Partner (Data & Analytics), EMEA


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Matt Lovell

Global Director of Data, Insights & Media

Pret A Manger

In today's data-driven world, the Chief Data and Analytics Officer (CDAO) role is essential in driving innovation and growth. To succeed in this role, the CDAO must possess a unique skill set that includes technical and business acumen, effective communication skills, and the ability to build strong partnerships and retain top data talent. By doing so, the CDAO can become a key driver of data-driven strategies and ensure compliance with evolving regulations and ethical standards.

Join this roundtable discussion as CDAOs discuss:

  • Strategic thinking to identify and prioritise opportunities for data-driven innovation
  • Agility to adapt to changing business needs and emerging technologies
  • Ethical and regulatory understanding to ensure data privacy and compliance

16:15 - 16:20  Break

16:20 - 17:00  Keynote

Adopting a Value-First Mindset to Accelerate Data-Driven Innovation

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Stuart Hughes



At Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace, Stuart Hughes (CDIO) has been leveraging data and AI to empower the business, reduce waste and release value quickly and efficiently. As a result, they are answering questions faster than ever before. In this closing keynote session, Stuart will reflect on the journey to implementing a value-centric mindset across the enterprise, advancing Data-Driven innovation, and the challenges he faced along the way.

Stuart will address:

  • Being a data disruptor — make it your mission to partner with the business and build a data-driven culture across your organisation
  • Finding ways to accelerate time-to-value — defining successful outcomes with the business
  • Using data lakehouse to increase simplicity, accelerate insights, and support the full ML lifecycle

17:00 - 18:00  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

19 June 2023

20 June 2023

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Venue & Accommodation

Royal Lancaster London

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Royal Lancaster London at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling +44 020 7551 6000. Please mention 2023 UK CDO Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of £384 GBP (plus tax) is 31 May 2023.

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