Data Leaders Awards – finalists announced

The Data Leaders 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 awards, organised by Information Age, brings together hundreds of Britain’s top data leaders to honour the industry’s leading players across 12 categories. Today, the shortlist has been announced ahead of the awards ceremony at London Hilton Bankside on 24 May.

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.

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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.

The shortlist announced today presents 110 potential winners, whittled down from over 300 nominations. The winners will be decided by a panel of esteemed data leaders at a judging day this month.

The judges are:

Paul Banoub, Director of Analytics as a Service, UBS Investment Bank
Nick Creagh, Data & Analytics Director, TES Global
Caroline Carruthers, Group Director of Data Management, Lowell Group
David Castro-Gavino, Data and Technology Client Director for Asia, EMEA & LatAm, dunnhumby
Matt Hobby, Head of Data Science for Analytics, Elsevier
Andrew Crisp, Global Identity Data Engineering Leader, Dun & Bradstreet
Katia Walsh, Chief Global Data and Analytics Officer, Vodafone
Dan Gilbert, ‎Director of Data, ‎News UK
Robin Hayden, Head of Data Architecture, Paddy Power
Mark Howden, Head Of Data, Santander Global Corporate Banking
Lauren Sager Weinstein, Chief Data Officer, Transport for London

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All functions involved in driving data innovation in the UK were considered for this year’s list, including the vendors creating the technology, the end-users deploying it and the consultancies and integrators that get deployments over the line.



Jon Hussey, MD Data & Strategic Analytics, Barclays
Brian Baird, Business Intelligence Systems Architect, BGL Group
Barry Green, Chief Data Officer (Interim), Continium
Anantha Prasad, Head Data & Information Management and CDO, EMEA, RBWM, HSBC
Umran Rafi, Head of Digital Data, Santander
Nick Lloyd, Head of Investment Technology and Market Data, Schroders Investment Management
Rupert Whitelaw, Head of Industry & Data Insights, XL Catlin
Caroline Carruthers, Group Director of Data Management, Lowell Group
Kirsty Davies, Data Lead, Lloyds Banking Group


Sudip Trivedi, Head of Data & Analytics and Connectivity, London Borough of Camden
Neill Crump, Chief Data Officer, Worcestershire Office of Data Analytics
Sandro Scordo, CRM & Marketing Data Manager, Leonard Cheshire Disability
Mark Woodward, Head of Enterprise Data, National Trust
Matt Phipps-Taylor, Head of Insight & Innovation, PPL
Nestoras Antonopoulos, Head of Data and Business Intelligence, Torus

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Ed Child, Head of Data Science, Asda
Steve Wright, Data Privacy & Information Security Officer, John Lewis Partnership
Gareth Thomas, Group Data Director, Kingfisher
Gareth Powell, Head of Customer Data and Analytics, N Brown Group
Gael Decoudu, Head of Data Science, Shop Direct
Michael Greene, Group Data and Analytics Director, Tesco


Lachlan Ratjens, Head of Data Science, Collinson Group
Kevin Joyner, Director of Planning & Insight, Croud
Ojey Kohestani, Data Quality and Operations Analyst, News UK
Mercedes Clark-Smith, Head of Data and Analytical Products, Sky
Amanda Wigginton, Group Customer Strategy Director, Time Inc.
Dr Larissa Suzuki, Head of Data Science, Founders4Schools
Carly Wilson, Data Visualisation & Insights Analyst, Expedia
Andy Kriebel, Head Coach – The Data School, The Information Lab

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Richard Tate, Head of Data Insight, EE
Pratik Bose, Head of Mobile Big Data, BT
Tony Gill, Chief Data Officer, Lebara
Natalie Jakomis, Head of Data, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water
Peter Jackson, Chief Data Officer, Southern Water
Manu Kumar, Head of Targeting, Optimisation & Data Science, Vodafone


Edward Thorne, UK Managing Director, Dun & Bradstreet
Fernando Lucini, Managing Director, AI Lead UKI, Accenture
Srikant Kanthadai, Vice President & Global Head of Data Management, Capgemini
Ellena Ronca-Thompson, Senior Manager – Analytics, Technology Consulting, Deloitte
Christine Andrews, Managing Director, DQM GRC
Paul Henderson, Head of Data and Analytics: Infrastructure, Government and Health, KPMG
Catherine Wilks, Chief Operating Officer for Data & Analytics, PwC
Danil Zburivsky, Director of Data Engineering, Pythian
Ruaraidh Thomas, Managing Director Applied Analytics, DST Systems
Andrew Stevenson, Global Director of Big Data & Analytics and Head of Global Evangelism for Digital Transformation, Atos


Kerri Davies, Founder & Managing Director, Fancensus
James Kirk, Co-Founder, Ensek
Tobin Ireland, CEO & Co-Founder, Smartpipe
David Milward, Co-Founder & CTO, Linguamatics
Rahul Powar, CEO & Founder, Red Sift
Chiin-Rui Tan, Founder & CEO, Rho Zeta AI
Mark Hahnel, CEO & Founder, Figshare
Paul Alexander, Founder & Group CEO, Beyond Analysis
Dr Steve Marsh, Founder & CTO, GeoSpock
Shankar Vasudevan, Chief Data Officer & Co-Founder, SteelEye

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Orlando Agrippa, CEO, Draper & Dash
Matthew Ballinger, CEO, FuseMetrix Group Ltd
Nick Halstead, CEO, InfoSum
Kabir Barday, CEO, OneTrust
Josselin Guibert, CEO, Wine Picker
Debbie Garside, CEO, GeoLang Limited


Bob Muglia (USA), CEO, Snowflake Computing
Florian Douetteau (France), CEO, Dataiku
Yehuda Lindell (Israel), Co-founder and chief scientist, Dyadic Security (now Unbound Tech)
Abe Gill (USA), CEO, InCyber
Dave Tang (USA), Senior Vice President, Western Digital
Mathias Golombek (UK), CTO, Exasol
Anna Schlegel (USA), Sr. Director, Globalization Programs and Information Strategy, NetApp
Inderpal Bhandari (USA), Global Chief Data Officer, IBM
Beth Beck, Open Innovation Program Manager & Information Management Program Executive, NASA
Mark Estall (NZ), Co-Founder & CEO, 9 Spokes


Georgiana Marsic, Senior Data Science Manager, Jaguar Land Rover
Donna Green, Senior Staff Data & Analytics Scientist, GE
Sandy Rogers,Chief Scientist, Saberr
Marvilano Mochtar, Head of Data Science, Coats Group
Adi Clowes, Head of Data & Analytics, Center Parcs
Julia Clark, Head of Data & Analytics (Consultant), British Land
Soledad Galli, Data Scientist, LV=
Daniel Jeavons, General Manager – Advanced Analytics CoE, Royal Dutch Shell
Richard Jarvis, Head of Advanced Analytics, UK & I, DXC Technology
Angela Simpson, Head of Data Delivery Service, GSK
Abed Ajraou, Chief Data Officer, Peculium

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Kate Lewis, Head of Privacy & Data Compliance, GBG
Joao Torres Barreiro, Chief Privacy & Data Protection Officer, HCL Technologies
Colin Tankard, Managing Director, Digital Pathways
Stuart Kelly, Head of Information Management, Reed Exhibitions
Bill McGloin, Chief Technologist – Information, Computacenter
Lindsay McEwan, Vice President & Managing Director EMEA, Tealium
Joe Morrisey, VP of International, Hortonworks
Melanie Oldham, Founder & CEO, Bob’s Business
David Nunn, Chief Protection Officer,


Sheila Power, Chief Strategy Officer, Big Data For Humans
Bobby Gill, Head of Data Intelligence, CarTrawler
Jim Stock, VP of EMEA, MapR Data Technologies
Rob Corrigill, former CTO, Teleware
David Bolton, Vice President for Industry Solution Sales and Business Value, Qlik
Guy Hanson, Senior Director, Professional Services, Return Path
James Eiloart, SVP of EMEA, Tableau Software
Joe Vande Kieft, Director of Technology, Trokt
Myles McKeown, Technical Director, Infoshare
Andrew Bolton, Data Science Director, FinancialForce

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