Using Data and Information Seminar

11.25 – Wednesday 5th July

Is data even important?

The presentation focuses on the current problems we are facing regarding data and information in business, talks about why we need to do things differently and why and what are the practical steps to make a change in how we get value from our information.

Caroline Carruthers, Chief Data Officer, Network Rail

Caroline is Network Rail’s first Chief Data Officer. Network Rail runs, maintains and develops Britain’s rail infrastructure where information and data management is a critical capability within this highly complex environment. She has established a small core team operating with a larger matrix team drawing together Information Governance, Information Security, Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Records Management and Business Intelligence to deliver the vision of effective, accountable and sustainable management of information across Network Rail.

She draws on experience from a varied background covering CIO/CTO roles through to running large scale complex change programmes. It was the recognition that ‘everything we do is fueled by data and information’ that drove Caroline down the CDO route and she regularly describes herself as a Data Cheerleader.

Big I, little t: thinking information before technology

In many organisations there are two worlds of information, based on different traditions: library and information science (LIS) and information technology (IT). These worlds are strangely disconnected. IT hardly pauses to consider the information half of its title, and is often unaware of the wider information world. But organisations can only benefit from a holistic view of their information. They need to think information ahead of technology: Big I, little t. From an IT perspective, the world of LIS seems to have much to offer. How do we help?

Jeremy Foot, Information and Data Architect

Jeremy Foot is a freelance information and data architect. He has worked for many years in information management and technology in public and private sectors, most recently as Head of Information Management at HS2 Ltd. He comes from a technology background, but has woken to the wider world of information.

Your career beyond the hype

‘Information’ is again becoming ‘KING’ following the hype caused by the #BigDataRevlolution. The Data Scientist currently holds first place as the sexiest job of the 21st century.

But beyond all the hype, talk and whispers, what are the real opportunities for Information Professionals in the new data world, what destination will this new career path lead you to?

This presentation focuses on the real-world demand for the skills already owned by the information professional, what opportunities the market presents, what are the transferable skills required to become a “Data & Analytics professional”. Eden Smith will also provide some direction for personal development and take a closer look at what a Data Scientist really is.
They hope the information and insight provided gives you a better idea of the vast opportunities available, in what is being termed “The next industrial revolution” – Data.

Jez Clark, Co-founder – Director, Eden Smith Limited

Jez is a Co-founder and Director of Eden Smith, a specialist European data and analytics staffing company.

Jez has been successful as a Consultant and Director in the staffing industry for twenty years. He has helped many businesses adopt innovative strategies to attract niche talent and helped job seekers position themselves for hire. Ultimately the team at Eden Smith and their data and analytics consulting partners act in an advisory capacity, ensuring successful engagement between businesses and job seekers.



Nicholas Deveney, Head of Data Science & Analytics Practice, Eden Smith

Nicholas has successfully supported FTSE 100 and leading global brands with the execution of technical data and ICT strategies through the enablement and mobilisation of talent within niche and emerging technologies. Nicholas is specialised in advising businesses whom wish to adopt or grow data science and advance analytic practices, collaborating with data professionals who work within the industry to build and grow successful analytical teams.