THE UK’S TOP DATA LEADERS REVEALED AND CELEBRATED
23 May 2019
The Landmark London Hotel
The Data Leadership Awards is the UK’s premier initiative for celebrating data leadership and excellence among the sector’s highest achievers. Organised by Information Age magazine, the Data Leaders list is updated annually to recognise the top individuals and companies driving data innovation and business value in the enterprise, with a series of ‘best in class’ winners revealed at the awards ceremony. The 2019 event will take place on 23 May.
The Data Leadership Awards honour the people at the forefront of data – those transforming organisations and enhancing decision-making through its use, managing and controlling its proliferating growth, and driving new business value.
The explosion of data – and what can be done with it – has been the most transformational trend to emerge from the digital age. It is also the area where the most groundbreaking technology has been developed.
The pace of innovation in this industry has been rapid, with new ways of generating insight from data springing up regularly. The sale of big data and business analytics software, hardware and services will reach $187 billion by 2019, according to IDC.
Meanwhile, the professionals and executives involved in the deployment of these technologies in enterprises have shown just how impactful their application can be in improving services, driving efficiencies and cost savings, and trailblazing new opportunities for growth.
And while it’s easy to dwell on the ‘sexier’ examples of big data, other cutting-edge technologies have enabled unprecedented ways to build infrastructure that can house and scale its growth – and protecting sensitive information from ever-expanding cyber threats is also a critical consideration.
All functions involved in driving data innovation in the UK are considered for the Data Leaders Awards, whether it be the vendors developing and selling the technology, the end-users deploying and applying it to wider technology strategies, or the consultancies or integrators helping them do it.
Welcome and Keynote Addresses
Head of Data Strategy & Advanced Analytics, Moneysupermarket.com
Chief Data Officer, Bank of England
Head of Data, Axa
Head of Data Analytics & Insight, Defence Infrastructure Organisation
Director of AI and Data Economy, Innovate UK
Lauren Sager Weinstein
Chief Data Officer, Transport for London
2018 DATA LEADERS BEST IN CLASS & FINALISTS
FINANCIAL SERVICES AND INSURANCE
Best in Class: Jon Hussey
The breadth of Jon’s nomination impressed the judges. He created solid working conditions within his team, delivered key value through the use of data across a number of use cases and often goes above and beyond his role by introducing initiatives, like the first ever Barclaycard Data Hackathon.
GOVERNMENT AND NON-PROFIT
Best in Class: Matt Phipps-Taylor
The judges felt that Matt stood out in this category, with a unique nomination where it was clear his influence had led to tangible outcomes for his business. He effectively used data to drive more efficient and effective operations in an increasingly digital music industry.
MEDIA, MARKETING, INTERNET AND LEARNING
Best in Class: Dr Larissa Suzuki
Larissa was described by the judges as the full package, and the sort of person you want using data. Her range of work and the clear focus on using data for good were also highlighted as key to her success in this category. Andy Kriebel from the Information Lab was also highly commended for his commitment to share his insights on how best to use data.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND UTILITIES
Best in Class: Pratik Bose
Pratik’s use of data with emerging technologies like IoT helped deliver real-time analytics solutions that improved internal operations. His leadership in implementing advanced analytics and the range of big data he undertook were also mentioned. Natalie Jakomis from Dwr Cymru Welsh Water was highly commended by the judges for her role as a data culture shaper.
SERVICES AND CONSULTING
Best in Class: Catherine Wilks
On top of effectively carrying out her role, ensuring the smooth running of 11 business units, Catherine was commended by the judges for helping build future leaders, as well as her commitment to improving the number of women in the technology industry.
Best in Class: Chiin-Rui Tan
Chiin stood out for the judges in this category as someone who embodies what it means to be an entrepreneur. The range of her skills both in STEM as an active Python and in non-technical roles also impressed the judges.
CEO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Best in Class: Nick Halstead
The judges felt that Nick has developed a product ahead of its time, that solves an existing problem – using blockchain technology for the purpose of sharing data. Nick is at the very forefront of what he is doing and is showing continued success in his endeavours.
Best in Class: Beth Beck
Beth was a unanimous winner, as the judges said what is has achieved is out of this world. Her wide ranging use of open data in driving innovation for NASA, combined with her hugely successful, 15,000 strong, International Space Apps Challenge meant that she was a firm favourite with the judges.
DATA SCIENCE AND ANALYTICS
Best in Class: Soledad Galli
The judges felt Soledad embodied what the true spirit of a data scientist. Her fight against fraud and improving the customer experience via the use of data confirms this. Her nomination was articulate and personable, and outlined effectively why she was selected as a worthy winner of this award.
INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND DATA PROTECTION
Best in Class: Joao Torres Barreiro
Joao’s promotion of privacy by design, sharing his insights was what distinguished him in this category. His willingness to share what works regarding data protection outside his own environment is what more people should be doing.
Best in Class: David Bolton
On top of being one of the biggest advocates for data driven possibilities and insights, the judges believed that David’s regular promotion of data best practices in the media and his use of data for good meant he deserved to win this category.
BEST IN CLASS 2018
Best in Class: Beth Beck
This accolade goes to the person whose contribution to data and how it is utilised stood out ahead of all the other shortlistees.
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