UK & Ireland CDO Inner Circle

7 July 2021, Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard

7 July 2021
Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard


Collaborate with your peers

Join UK & Ireland's top CDOs for an intimate networking dinner. Enjoy a relaxed evening of drinks, fine dining in a stunning location and a facilitated discussion topic with your true peers. This shared experience is designed to help you make new connections and build professional relationships.

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

Embedding D&A in business strategy and results

Reengineering decision-making across the business

Scaling a data-first culture

UK & Ireland CDO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CDOs, for CDOs.


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

Ruben Lara

Tesco Plc
Data & Analytics Director

Elaine Priest

NatWest Group
Chief Data Officer

Niresh Rajah

Grant Thornton UK LLP
Managing Director, Head of Data, Regulatory Change & RegTech Practice | Head of Digital Assurance


7 July 2021

16:30 - 17:30  Executive Networking Reception

17:30 - 19:00  Discussion Topics

Data and Analytics Leaders Enabling Business Success

As data and analytics leaders further define the vision and scope of their roles, they are shifting their priorities toward value-based initiatives that help drive the business forward. CDOs at the front of their field successfully measure the business value of their data and information assets, routinely experiment with emerging technologies such as AI and ML, and build opportunistic data and analytics teams. Join this dinner discussion to take the next step in becoming a business-centric CDO.

Topic 1: Establishing a Data Strategy Built for the Future

  • What critical business problem(s) are you trying to solve with your data? How are you formally measuring business value from these data initiatives?
  • How are you prioritising your information management efforts? What business-centric metrics have you identified and articulated for your information assets?
  • How are you leveraging legacy data systems/tools to evolve your data strategy? What emerging digital trends and technologies are you using or want to experiment with and why (AI, ML, blockchain, etc.)?

Topic 2: Adopting a Strategic Orientation for Your Data and Analytics Teams 

  • How have you defined your enterprise’s data-driven ambitions? What changes have you made to your governance program to achieve these?
  • How are you socialising the idea of data monetization (direct or indirect) with the business? How are you currently generating measurable economic benefits from your data and/or what do you plan to explore within the next two years?
  • How have you cultivated and organised talent on your team to effectively deliver against key business objectives?

19:00 - 20:00  Summary Discussion & Dinner

19:00 - 21:00  Networking Break

21:00 - 22:00  Social Hour


Returning to in-person conferences

We are excited to welcome you back, in person, to Evanta gatherings.

Evanta, a Gartner company, will only hold in-person programmes in those locations that meet our stringent health and safety criteria to help ensure the well-being of participants, partners and our associates. These criteria include adhering to local government and health agency guidelines, in addition to taking all practical actions on-site.

Please refer to the Location section below (under More Information) for up-to-date local guidelines.

UK & Ireland CDO Community Manager

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

Luis Arango Abello

Senior Community Manager

+44 (0)1784 267 880