Steering Group

Meet the team behind the event

Since inception, Big Data LDN, asked the brightest and best brains in the UK to help steer us to where the market is going. Our Steering Committee of industry experts encompasses fields as diverse as recruitment, product marketing and, of course, events, as well as hands-on practitioners with invaluable experience of the everyday reality of working in the fast-moving world of Big Data.

Caroline
Carruthers

Group Director of Data Management,
Lowell Group

First ever Chief Data Officer for international financial and legal services firm, Lowell Group, operating in the UK, Eastern and Western Europe. She was also Network Rail’s first CDO, following consulting stints at IBM and work in the telco, banking and retail sectors. Co-author of “The Chief Data Officer’s Playbook’, Caroline can impart more information per second than most. due to her high-energy Geordie delivery.

Best thing about Big Data LDN?
The chance to natter about data all day long amongst friends old and new

Peter
Jackson

Chief Data Officer,
Southern Water

Chief Data Officer of Southern Water and so the man whose Big Data tracks on the drinking water, bathwater, bowel movements and ‘fatbergs’ of millions of UK customers. Peter previously spent 17 years consulting in financial, not for profit and financial services sectors. A fellow co-author, with Caroline Carruthers, of “The Chief Data Officer’s Playbook’ and very much the ying to her yang.

Best thing about Big Data LDN?
Distilling the data conversations from those about water treatment

Jason
Foster

CEO & Founder,
Cynozure

The brains behind many of the pioneering Big Data moves at UK retail goliath, Marks & Spencer, Jason struck out on his own to form a new full service data and analytics agency, Cynozure, to service the growing need for business focussed expert Big Data advice, coaching, leadership and skills. Still smiling as Cynozure’s client list grows, he is the ultimate poacher turned gamekeeper

Best thing about Big Data LDN?
No event has so many people looking to elevate their data literacy. It’s where we go to share our strategies for success.

Jez
Clark

Co-founder – Director,
Eden Smith

Founder of Big Data specialist headhunter and recruiter, Eden Smith. His encyclopedic knowledge of the space allows him to predict urgent staffing needs before most organizations know they have them. Eden Smith’s crack team specialises finding ‘needle in the haystack’ employees. pods and teams to build the next Big Data success stories.

Best thing about Big Data LDN?
Meeting the best Big Data talent over coffees, or stronger, and placing them with the best.

Neil
Robertson-Ravo

Head of Data Platform,
Ascential Plc

All day, everyday, Neil and his team of data scientists, analysts and programmers create deeper insights than most. At Ascential, the specialist, global information company, they ensure high-profile events like the Cannes Lions and Money2020, are more relevant than ever for busy delegates, demanding the deepest insights, which Neil delivers in Scottish, as well as techspeak.

Best thing about Big Data LDN?
Taking on over-claiming tech vendors, refuting their hype and pioneering the genuinely new sh***.

Mike
Ferguson

Managing Director,
Intelligent Business Strategies

A respected rainmaker since before Big Data was even named, Mike consults with the largest tech vendors on strategy and positioning. His intensely-detailed work researching the market and vendor offerings find him on stages worldwide for much of the year. Not a man to skip the details, he likes his data deep.

Best about BDL?
Offering free research insights to the Big Data community and basking in their feedback, good and bad.

Ross
Simson

Head of Data Factory,
Thames Water

Head of Data Factory at Thames Water, Ross leads the team that purifies the data, abstracts the information and makes it flow to those who need it, delivering actionable insight. Ross has over 25 years of Data, Insight and Transformation expertise from working with many varied clients such as :Birmingham City Council, BBC, British Gas, Npower, Severn Trent Water, Ordnance survey and Sainsbury Group.

Best thing about Big Data LDN?
Analyse the trends and predict what to use next.

Paul
Maher

CEO,
Positive Marketing

A recovering journalist and founder of Top 30 PR and content consultancy, Positive, which works with tech firms to build brands and make sales. Operating globally from London, this award-winning agency serves up content, social, PR and digital campaigns to clients from Finland to New Zealand and prides itself on a love of tech and a passion for the different.

Best thing about Big Data LDN?
Watching the tech market being eaten alive by data-driven businesses and Big Data London leading the agenda, because the best stories always win.

Bill
Hammond

Event Director,
Big Data LDN

Once the main man in Internet conferences and exhibitions, Bill, saw the potential early on to create a dedicated networking opportunity for the Big Data community. Three years on and Big Data London is now established as the premium event in the category. Yet, scarily, it feels like it’s only just begun.

Best thing about Big Data LDN?
The run-up to the show is a blur of activity, but the complimentary notes from satisfied exhibitors a few days afterwards make it all worthwhile.

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