The Data Crowd – Festival of Data Session #1: Teams & Transformation

Hosted by The Oakland Group

A space for Data Leaders to collaborate, network, share ideas and hear from industry experts about common challenges businesses face today.

About this event

The Data Crowd is an invite only community to provide a secure space for Data Leaders to share ideas and experiences, build relationships and learn from industry experts.

The group will run regular in-person meetups throughout the UK, hosted by our partners The Oakland Group & HyperFinity.

For more information you can request to join The Data Crowd LinkedIn community.

Session #1 – Teams & Transformation

Wednesday 28th September – 12.30pm to 3.30pm

Venue – Sky Betting & Gaming, 4 Wellington Pl, Leeds LS1 4AJ


Session 1: Teams & Transformation

12.30pm – Welcome to The Data Crowd does Leeds Digital Festival

1.00pm – WTF is Data Transformation?

2.00pm – How to build brilliant Data teams in 2022

3.00pm – Networking and Nibbles

12.30pm – Welcome to The Data Crowd does Leeds Digital Festival

A warm welcome from our festival hosts, Oakland Group & HyperFinity.

1.00pm – Talk #1 – WTF is Data Transformation

Is the Data Transformation the new Digital Transformation?

Transformation has always been a constant in business – and it’s always been hard. As data and digital transformation now rises to the top of many leaders narrative, what are the things you can do to succeed? Is it the same as the usual tech-people-process conundrum, or does the introduction of data bring about new challenges that haven’t been considered before? This session will explore some real life examples of large scale, data transformation and what has worked (and what you might want to avoid).

Our expert panel will discuss the implications of good operating model design, the technical roadmap for success and the engagement needed across the organisation to ensure people are engaged and understand the language of a data driven organisation.

Speaker line-up:

Gareth Powell – CDO @ Irwin Mitchell: Previous director of data with Studio Retail Group and prior to this I was group insight and analytics director at TalkTalk. I have also held roles as director of data science and director of customer data and analytics with N Brown Group over the last six years.

Gary Ashby – Enterprise Data Architect @ Yorkshire Water: Responsible for enterprise data strategy and enterprise operational technology strategy within Yorkshire Water, Gary’s role spans the development of concepts, strategy and implementation.

Jeff Gilley – Lead Consultant @ The Oakland Group: Providing expertise in complex data strategy through to implementation of capabilities and technologies that help turn data into an asset.

2.00pm – Talk #2 – How to build brilliant Data teams in 2022

It’s been well documented that we’re in the midst of a global tech skills shortage during a period in which more companies are hiring Data people than ever before”

In short, hiring Data teams is harder than ever. So what is the secret to building brilliant Data teams in 2022?

Our panel of industry experts will discuss discuss their own personal experiences and do when looking to build high performing data teams.

Speaker line-up:

Kyle Winterbottom – Founder @ Orbiton: Kyle, Data IQ 100 Most Influential People in Data for 2022, is the Founder & CEO of Orbition Group, one of the world’s leading Data & Analytics talent solutions organisations. Kyle also founded and hosts the Driven by Data Community which is comprised of three components; Driven by Data: The Roundtable, Driven by Data: The Podcast and Driven by Data: The Mentorship.

Caroline Carruthers – Chief Executive @ Carruthers & Jackson: Caroline’s list of career achievements is long and comprehensive. From bring the first Chief Data Officer for government arm-length body, to co-Authoring of two best selling books; ‘The Chief Data Officer’s Playbook’ and ‘Data Driven Business Transformation’, Caroline has helped organisations across four continents build successful data capabilities.

Charlotte Goulding – Director of People Operations @ The Oakland Group – A progressive, collaborative and people-centric HR leader, with proven experience building teams from the ground up. Adopting agile principles, focused on designing people experiences that create amazing workplaces and demonstrable employee engagement.

If you have any questions about this event or want more information about how you can get involved in the data crowd, please email [email protected]

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The Data Crowd – Festival of Data Session #1: Teams & Transformation
28th Sep 2022 12:00pm - 2:45pm
Hosted by The Oakland Group
Flutter HQ, 4 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AJ

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