UK & Ireland CDO Virtual Executive Summit

1 December 2020 | 09:00 - 15:30 GMT

1 December 2020 | 09:00 - 15:30 GMT

Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the UK & Ireland CDO Virtual Executive Summit.

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

Becoming a master change agent and driving data literacy across the enterprise

Building a modern data and analytics governance programme that balances business needs and risks

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


Sanjeevan Bala

Group Chief Data & AI Officer

Anita Fernqvist

Zurich Insurance Company UK
Chief Data Officer & Director of Operations

Richard Gregory

Chief Data Officer, Global Business Services

Peter Jackson

Legal & General
Group Director - Data Sciences

Ruben Lara

Tesco Plc
Data & Analytics Director

Elaine Priest

NatWest Group
Chief Data Officer

Niresh Rajah

Grant Thornton UK LLP
Head of Data & Regulatory Change Practice, Financial Services Group


1 December 2020

09:00 - 10:00  GMT Virtual Summit Keynote

Data and Analytics Leading the Way Forward

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Anthony Tattersall

Vice President of Enterprise, EMEA


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Di Mayze

Global Head of Data & AI


Data and analytics leaders possess the tools and resources to empower the business to navigate unstable conditions, plan for recovery, and tap new revenue streams for economic growth - but the CDO skillset needs to continuously evolve.

This keynote will cover:

  • Weaving data and analytics expertise into the fabric of the business to add value and drive the enterprise forward
  • Creating a diverse data function that embraces change and fuels innovation
  •  Identifying leadership skills paramount to the future success of the CDO

10:00 - 11:00  GMT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Developing Strategies for Data Monetisation

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Lee Fulmer

Global Head of Innovation, Chief Data Officer

UBS Inc.

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Jose Loureda

Vice President & Global Head Of Data Science & Analytics


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Jean-Michel Franco

Sr Director, Product Marketing


Many organisations are facing a shift in consumer behaviour as new, competing, products continue to enter the marketplace. Hear how your peers are taking a strategic approach to manage change and to continue to deliver value to the business through data and analytics despite marketplace disruptions.

This session will explore:

  • Steps needed to monetise data assets
  • Use cases from media and other industries
  • Data sharing and data-for-good programmes 

10:00 - 11:00  GMT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Prioritising Privacy and Ethics While Driving Innovation

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Lauren Walker

Global COO & Head of Digital Transformation

Dentsu Aegis Network EMEA

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Daniel Gilbert

Director of Data

News UK

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Kevin Fletcher

Chief Data Officer


With the growing spotlight on data privacy, designing data governance models to build trust in privacy and data ethics is now a business imperative. Hear how data leaders can automate aspects of their data management programs and meet privacy regulations while continuing to drive innovation.

This boardroom discussion will explore:

  • Leveraging technology to address data privacy challenges around data in motion, data lakes, data sharing agreements, and machine learning projects
  • Exploring automation opportunities to enable continuous defensibility and meet compliance requirements
  • Addressing ethical challenges in data analytics and key takeaways for earning stakeholder trust

10:00 - 11:00  GMT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Demands for a Data Literate Workforce

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Peter Jackson

Group Director - Data Sciences

Legal & General

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Dan Robertson

Group Chief Data Officer


Data literacy is essential for employing self-service analytics, yet many organisations continue to suffer from a lack of strategic prioritisation. Learn approaches on how to successfully improve data literacy and self-service analytics throughout your organisation.

In this session you will explore strategies for:

  • Optimising business data literacy to achieve an empowered analytics-driven culture
  • Expanding data and analytics core competencies to increase self-service capabilities
  • Providing quality data in an agile manner that accelerates value delivery

10:00 - 11:00  GMT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Modernising Data Governance

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Dan Senter

Head of Global Data Governance

National Grid

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Elaine Priest

Chief Data Officer

NatWest Group

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Julian Highley

Data, Business Intelligence and Data Science Director


Data governance isn’t a program. It’s a cultural change. With support from executive leadership, the right framework and commitment data governance can be implemented.  

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • Components of an effective data governance programme
  • How to empower individuals and teams to make an impact
  • Strategies for developing transparency around your data ecosystem

11:00 - 11:45  GMT Virtual Summit Keynote

Upskilling the Workforce for Digital Transformation Initiatives

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Cristina Rynning

VP Global Expert Development

Telenor Group

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Dan Suleiman

VP Europe


In 2017, an ambitious digital transformation lay ahead for Telenor. To support this plan, the global telecoms organisation needed to upskill 1,200 employees in critical competencies such as data science, machine learning, programming, cloud engineering and digital marketing.

In conversation with Cristina Rynning, VP Global Expert Development, this keynote will explore how the development of world-class practitioners and technical expertise has delivered a significant competitive edge to Telenor.

This session will cover:

  • Identifying critical competencies to support digital transformation
  • Co-creating practitioner-level learning paths with industry experts
  • Scaling data science capabilities to match business needs

11:45 - 12:15  GMT Break

12:15 - 13:00  GMT Virtual Summit Keynote

The Foundation and Futures of Creating a Data-Driven Culture

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Greg Hanson

Chief Technology Officer & Vice President EMEA & LATAM Sales Specialists


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Kris Marshall

Head of Data Transformation

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)

It is clear that organisations need to be more data-driven in order to be competitive in an increasingly digital world. This journey is multi-faceted including strategy, digital transformation and organisational culture with a critical foundation of well-governed data.

This keynote will cover:

  • The stages of governance maturity from inception to future innovation and how to understand them
  • The role of the CDO across these stages of maturity and what is next
  • Hear how DVSA have approached this journey, their current status and their aspirations for the future

13:00 - 14:00  GMT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Predict What’s Next With Advanced Analytics

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Richard Thompson

Enterprise Data Manager


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Daniel Gilbert

Director of Data

News UK

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Eddie Short

Chief Data & Analytics Officer

Telefonica UK

Enterprises are struggling to adapt outdated predictive and prescriptive analytics and practices to changing marketplace conditions and maximize ROI. Join your peers in a roundtable discussion to discuss best practices and how to overcome the challenges associated with modernising historical modelling.

In this session you will discuss:

  • How to gain business trust and adoption of predictive analytics
  • Innovative ways AI and ML can be used to leverage data & implementation lessons learned
  • The future of predictive modelling and its impact on the skills pipeline

13:00 - 14:00  GMT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Creatively Developing Data and Analytics Talent

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Sathya Bala

Head of Global Data Governance

Chanel Inc

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Di Mayze

Global Head of Data & AI


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Ross Simson

Global Chief Data Officer


There has never been as pressing a need for diverse data professionals with the depth and breadth of experience necessary to support hyper-agility and add business value. Data talent is at a premium with some industries experiencing economic busts and other economic booms.

This virtual roundtable discussion will discuss:

  • Enhancing the overall data and analytics acumen of your organisation and overcoming skill shortages
  • Ensuring talent and training opportunities in the face of disruption
  • Addressing diversity, representation and inclusion within our teams and the broader industry to maximise talent

13:00 - 14:00  GMT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Tesco's 2020 Data Story

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Ruben Lara

Data & Analytics Director

Tesco Plc

Data is one of the driving forces that allows Tesco to continue to feed the nation during the pandemic. From prioritising vulnerable customers to forecasting a drastically changing demand, to keeping both customers and colleagues safe, having an agile and focused approach to data and analytics has never been more important.

In this virtual boardroom, listen to Ruben's story and then discuss:

  • Setting up data teams to deliver continuous change and react quickly to changes
  • Optimising operations to provide safe customer experiences
  • Using data to adapt and respond to changing customer needs

14:00 - 14:30  GMT Networking

CDO 'Live' Networking

An informal and interactive opportunity for you to network with peers in small groups. 

14:30 - 15:30  GMT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

Conducting business virtually makes it more challenging to meet and network with like-minded peers. During this time of disruption and uncertainty, it’s become even more critical to collaborate with peers who are facing the same challenges.

Now, we are bringing you the opportunity to set up 1-to-1 meetings in a private, virtual setting with community peers directly after the Virtual Executive Summit.

  • Peer-to-Peer meetings are 25 minutes in length, giving you the chance for more personal interaction and in-depth conversation with your fellow UK CDO Virtual Executive Summit peers.
  • All conversations are private and will not be recorded
  • Meet up to 3 peers based on your shared interests or priorities

Participant Testimonials

  • ‘If I came just for the peer to peer meetings, my time was well spent. This is truly your USP.’ Stuart Hughes, CDIO at Rolls Royce
  • ’The peer to peer mtgs were maybe the BEST part of this mtg’ Edward Wagoner, Executive Director, Digital, JLL
  • ‘Best idea ever; I had such productive sessions with all three of my peers’ Dd Budiharto Sr. Director of Cybersecurity, Baker Hughes

How to participate

Please contact your Program Manager to participate.

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Program Partners

UK & Ireland CDO Community Manager

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Luis Arango Abello

Programme Manager

+44 (0)1784 267 880