10 of the most influential names on the UK's big data scene
UK business is grabbing data by the horns. Have a look at the top 10 most influential people in UK data-driven business according to DataIQ.
The top 10 was based on those with regulatory powers, their industry contribution and influence, data privacy best practice and innovation in digital and mobile.
1. 10. Christian Chabot, co-founder and CEO at Tableau Software.
Chabot is a former data analyst who crunched numbers in Silicon Valley, founded Tableau 10 years ago, while looking for a tool that could “help people like me”.
“I have been surprised and delighted over the years about how many people are interested in working with data. There’s definitely a new geek in town. And in 2015, this geek is a data geek.”
2. 9. Mark Chipperfield, head of data management at BBC TV Licensing
Mark Chipperfield is the head of data management for one of the biggest operations of its kind, BBC TV Licensing. A data industry stalwart with a strong focus on data governance as well as the business benefits of data and analytics, Chipperfield previously managed the data strategy at BT.
3. 8. Steve Martin, vice president of analytics at Aimia
Previous roles in healthcare consultancy means Martin understands how to handle sensitive data. At Aimia he manages a team of 150 analysts.
4. 7. Adam Williamson, head of customer data strategy and analytics at British Airways
Former head of data at digital marketing agency Proximity London, Williamson has experience with clients Sainsbury's, BBC and Volkswagen.
He studied business information technology at Kingston University.
5. 6. James Morgan, director of management information at British Gas
Leading a team of 140 on and offshore employees responsible for Management Information across the whole of British Gas, reporting to the finance director, Morgan has held previous data roles at O2 and Sky.
6. 5. Simon Hay, chief executive at Dunnhumby
Hay grew the US operation at Dunnhumby throughout his time at the data analytics firm, eventually taking the top spot as CEO.
7. 4. Andy Day, business intelligence director at NewsUK
Day has worked in data with SkyTV, Orange and spent over a decade at O2 before taking up his role at NewsUK in London Bridge.
8. 3. Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner
A former BBC journalist, Graham entereed the world of regulation as director general of the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA). Since, he has steered the ICO through a challenging five years and sees plenty of grounds for optimism for the handling of personal data, provided businesses adopt privacy by design, he says.
9. 2. Sanjeevan Bala, head of data planning and analytics at Channel 4
Channel 4's 4OD platform is a shining example of how broadcasters can have a meaningful, insightful relationship with viewers - and Bala has been leading its strategy for the past three years.
10. 1. Julia Porter, director of consumer revenues at Guardian News & Media
Former marketing and research director at ITV, Porter knows the media industry like the back of her hand. She is pioneering the data strategy supporting The Guardian's free online content model.
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