Data Management with Julian Schwarzenbach and Glen Vaal

Joint event between the BCS Young Professionals Group (YPG) and the Data Management Specialist Group (DMSG).

Wednesday 7 June 2017, 5.30pm - 9.00pm

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

Free to to attend for both BCS Members and non-members. Coffee, tea & light refreshments are provided.

Julian Schwarzenbach and Glen Vaal


  • 5.30pm - 6.00pm Tea/Coffee and networking
  • 6.30pm - 7.00pm Presentation by Julian Schwarzenbach
  • 7.00pm - 7.30pm Presentation by Glen Vaal
  • 7.30pm - 7.45pm Q&A
  • 7.45pm - 9.00pm Refreshment and networking


Data can be the wallflower at the corporate or project party, never getting the attention that is required until disaster strikes. This should not be a surprise. It is increasingly recognised that in a digital age a failure to manage the relevant data to the standards (implicitly) necessary to support quality objectives or salient legislation, risks either expensive commercial failure; harm to society, punitive fines or a combination of all three.

In this presentation, Julian Schwarzenbach and Glen Vaal from the BCS Data Management Specialist Group will illustrate why Data management is important, the far-reaching scope of activity involved; insight into the future and the potential for a variety of different rewarding careers.


Julian SchwarzenbachJulian Schwarzenbach, Chair, BCS Data Management Specialist Group; Director, Data and Process Advantage.

Julian is an experienced information management practitioner with experience of a range of roles and sectors particularly in utilities and transport organisations. Julian is one of the country’s leading asset information management practitioners and is currently providing strategic support to a number of major infrastructure projects and organisations. Julian is creator and author of ‘The Data Zoo’, which illustrates how different behaviours towards data can affect data quality.

Julian is Chair of the BCS Data Management Specialist Group who organise events covering a range of data management topics and contributes to the development of data management policies, training and qualifications for the BCS.

Additionally, Julian leads on a number of asset information related activities for the Institute of Asset Management and is involved in the development of a number of British and ISO standards relating to information, BIM and Smart Cities.

Glen VaalGlen Vaal is the event secretary for the Data Management Specialist Group of the BCS. He has built a successful career as a business (data) analyst, programmer, project and programme manager, across 40 years during which he has used IT with a strong bias to data management to bring significant commercial and social contribution within Investment Banking and Healthcare. Relevant examples include: (i) design and delivery of the first comprehensive BI system to be used in UBS bank equity sales and trading; (ii) design of the algorithms to reunite fragmented patient records, amongst many, other projects.

Currently working as the head of Applications Consulting at Capita, he is using his experience to ensure that the skilled young developers deliver applications that achieve the expectations of the pertinent stakeholders.

Qualifications include a degree in Chemical Engineering at Swansea University and more recently an MBA (with distinction) from Liverpool University. Relevant career certification includes: PRINCE2, Managing Successful Programmes and TOGAF 9.1.