The CDO Challenge

Thursday 24 November 2016

Time: 6.00pm for 6.30pm start - 8.00pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps



The volume and nature of data generated and captured by commercial and public organisations is growing at an exponential rate.  Simultaneously the market is offering advances in technology products to store, manage and exploit that data. Meanwhile there is new legislation on data protection which requires review and potentially change to applications to ensure their compliance. Organisations are recognising the inherent value and risks in the data they handle and recognising the need for both a strategic and operational response to the commercial and legal challenges presented. In response many have appointed to the role of Chief Data Officer (CDO) or equivalent in order to oversee the increasing demands within this domain. This evening’s event is an opportunity to hear from several experts with significant experience meeting the new and increasing challenges around enterprise data.

We are fortunate to have:

  • Caroline Carruthers, CDO Network Rail
  • Daniel Ray, Chief Data Scientist, NHS Digital
  • Alex Coley, Epimorphics and formerly Deputy Director for Data at DEFRA

Rather than have lengthy presentation, these three will help debate topics such as:

  • What is the role of the CDO?
  • How does the role of the CDO relate to the CIO/CTO and other senior level roles?
  • Tips for success

This event is suitable for anyone newly appointed to the role of CDO, people working in roles supporting the CDO or anyone with an interest in the strategic exploitation of data.

About the speakers:

Caroline Carruthers, CDO Network Rail
Caroline is Network Rails first Chief Data officer, her role is about helping Network Rail manage and govern their data, enabling effective, accountable and sustainable management of information across Network Rail. Her background is in large scale IT business change and has experience working across multiple sectors as she is always interested in the next problem to solve.

Daniel Ray, Director of Data Science, NHS Digital
Daniel has built his career in Data and Informatics within health for almost 10 years. He holds the post of Director of Data Science for NHS Digital in addition to being a Professor of Health Informatics awarded by the Farr Institute, UCL.

Alex Coley, Epimorphics and formerly Deputy Director for Data at DEFRA
Alex is a Business Strategist at Epimorphics Ltd, a Linked-Data SME based in Portishead.  Previously Alex was Deputy Director for Data at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), setting up their Open Data and data transformation programmes.  Alex has 17 years' experience working in data teams in government, from operational to leadership and policy setting.  This has included delivering transformational change with data in technical teams and corporately, seeing and helping to shape the emergence of digital, technology and data leadership.  Alex now helps organisations build their data capabilities and is focusing on how data can be connected to gain insight and meet emerging challenges.

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