The Data LEADERS – 2016

Following a rigorous selection process, Information Age is delighted to reveal the top people and organisations at the forefront of data innovation in the UK in 2016. You can read about why they were chosen here.

The 2016 Data Leaders list was whittled down from more than 200 nominations and shines a light on those transforming organisations, enhancing decision-making and driving business value through the use of data, as well as managing its proliferating growth.

The Data Leaders winners were presented with their trophies and celebrated by hundreds of the industry’s top players at the glittering Data Leaders Awards (then known as the Data 50 Awards) on 25 February 2016 in London.

The evening ceremony also revealed the winners of ten special ‘Best in Class’ categories, decided by a panel of expert judges. The list below shows the full 2016 Data Leaders list, as well as the ten ‘Best in Class’ winners.


Jon Mansley, Head of Data, Analytics and Insight, Aviva
Simon Gratton, CDO, Zurich
Brian Bissett, CDO, XL Catlin
Charles Cai, Head of Data Science Technology, BP
Andy Crisp, EU Data Strategy Leader, Dun & Bradstreet

Best in Class: Brian Bissett, XL Catlin

Public Sector & Non-profit

Gareth Lloyd, CDO, Companies House
Lauren Sager Weinstein, Head of Analytics, Transport for London
Nick Leake, CIO, Kings College London
Andrea Powell, CIO, CABI
Charles Ewen, CIO, Met Office

Best in Class: Andrea Powell, CABI

Media, Internet & Learning

Russell Marsh, Global CDO, IPG Mediabrands
Duncan Ross, Data and Analytics Director, TES Global
Freddie Quek, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Wiley
Simon McCalla, CTO, Nominet
Simon Kaffel, Head of Information Management, O2

Best in Class: Simon McCalla, Nominet

Business to Consumer

Peter Williams, Head of Analytics, Marks & Spencer
Julian Bond, Head of ICT, Hillarys Blinds
Gillian McMeekin, CDO, Whitbread
Barry Panayi, Head of Data Science, Bupa
Jon Pickles, Global Director of 360 Engagement, The Travel Corporation

Best in Class: Peter Williams, Marks & Spencer

Open Source

Sean Owen, Director of Data Science, Cloudera
Andy Leaver, VP International Operations, Hortonworks
Ciaran Dynes, Vice President of Products, Talend
David Richards, CEO, Co-Founder and President, WANdisco
Dan Keeley, Director, Code BI

Best in Class: Sean Owen, Cloudera


Mat Keep, Principal Product Manager, MongoDB
Paul Preuveneers, Senior Sales Engineering Director EMEA, MarkLogic
Vinay Joosery, Founder and CEO, Severalnines
Manu Marchal, Managing Director EMEA, Basho
Mark Darbyshire, Chief Technology Advisor, SAP

Best in Class: Paul Preuveneers, MarkLogic


Nick Halstead, CEO and Founder, DataSift
Jim Manzi, Chairman, Applied Predictive Technologies
Hugh Cox, Founder and CDO, Rosslyn Analytics
Gerald Cohen, CEO and Co-Founder, Information Builders
James Richardson, Business Analytics Strategist, Qlik

Best in Class: Jim Manzi, Applied Predictive Technologies

Services & Consulting

Craig Saunders, Director, Analytics Resource Centre, Xerox Consulting and Analytics Services
Neil Sholay, Head of Oracle Digital, EMEA
Sam Seddon, Client Executive for Wimbledon, IBM
Mike Weston, CEO, Profusion
Guy Mucklow, CEO, PCA Predict

Best in Class: Guy Mucklow, PCA Predict

Infrastructure & Protection

Joe Baguley, VP and CTO EMEA, VMware
James Norman, Public Sector CIO, EMC
Chris Eng, VP of Research, Veracode
Raj Samani, VP and CTO EMEA, Intel Security
Etienne Greeff, CEO, SecureData

Best in Class: Joe Baguley, VWware

Knowledge & Integration

Martin Szomszor, Head of Data Science, Digital Science
Gavin Starks, CEO, Open Data Institute
Euan Adie, Altmetric
Mark Hahnel, Founder, Figshare
Alan Grogan, Associate Partner, Atos Consulting

Best in Class: Gavin Starks, Open Data Institute