Peter Jackson

Director - Group Data Sciences
Legal & General

Peter is passionate about data, and about how data can drive innovation to transform organisations.

Peter is the Director – Group Data Sciences at Legal & General and before this was a Chief Data Officer at Southern Water, tasked with developing and delivering a data strategy for the organisation.  Previously Peter was Head of Data at The Pensions Regulator (TPR), which regulates the pensions and automatic enrolment in the UK. So he has been through the mill twice in recent succession as a First Generation CDO. However, before joining the Pensions Regulator, Peter had been developing Data Strategies for businesses in the FMCG and Financial Services sectors for over a decade. First and foremost Peter is driven by a strategic approach to data, and believes strongly in the value of demonstrating the ‘art of possible’ and expanding colleagues’ understanding about data management, data technologies, data science and data governance.. Peter firmly believes that data strategies must have a business outcome and should be aligned to the business objectives. Given any opportunity Peter will talk about data and try to enthuse those he is with.

Peter is a specialist in Data Strategy, Data Technologies, Master Data Management Strategies, Data Governance Frameworks, GDPR and Data Science Strategies. With Caroline, Peter is the co-author of ‘The Chief Data Officer’s Playbook’ published by Facet November 2017, and their second book ‘Data Driven Business Transformation’ will be published in March 2019 by Wiley.

Peter is a Director of Carruthers & Jackson which has developed DataTalks and the CDO Summer Schools. In October 2018 Peter will join Legal & General as Director Group Data Sciences.

The CDO Masterclass

26th June 2019

09:15 - 09:45

Why do you need a CDO?

Why is it blindingly obvious to some people that a company needs a Chief Data Officer while it remains a mystery to others? This section looks at the role as a whole and why it’s a fundamental part of the c-suite going forward, while also delving into the practicalities of ‘selling’ the role to your organisation.

09:45 - 10:15

Secret ingredients of a CDO

Knowing yourself is always important but knowing your skills and what you will need to draw on as a Chief Data Officer is even more so. There are some key skills that every Chief Data Officer needs and Caroline and Peter will take you through each one, step by step

10:15 - 10:45

Building your Team

Pulling on what you learn above what kind of team will help you deliver real value to your company? Going through different models and team structures to help you find the fit that works for you and your business moving forward.

11:15 - 11:45

Data Maturity Assessment

How can you start following the treasure map until you know where you’re starting from? Our understanding of what makes a mature data organisation has changed dramatically since the overfocus on technology, this model helps you get a clear picture of where you are and how to demonstrate progress.

11:45 - 12:15

First 100 days

A blank piece of paper can be a frightening thing and that’s what it will feel like on your first 100 days in the job. What are the areas to focus on, what foundations are you building and where does coffee and cake fit into all of this?

12:15 - 13:00

Hype Cycle

This role is new, so new that there will be a great deal of expectations waiting for you, some realistic, some less so. Find out how to navigate your new role so that you don’t end up being a failed statistic, but rather a shining example of success

14:00 - 14:30

Data Strategy

Breaking the strategy down into the immediate data strategy and the target data strategy, what is in each and why? Why even have a data strategy and how does it fit in with your organisation? Taking you through each part to build an outline that’s personal to you?

14:30 - 15:00


Out of all of the rest of areas of data why focus on governance? Simples, because it feeds the rest. It is the one ring. Getting this area right makes everything else work better and keeps it going when things go wrong.

15:30 - 16:00

Leading the Revolution

A look at the internal and external data revolutions. What does that mean and what part we all have to play?

16:00 - 16:30

Wrap Up

Data Talks Conference

27th June 2019

14:00 - 14:30

Data Meets Creativity

To leverage the power of data we need to be creative. We need to be able to imagine the ‘new’ without being able to see it. More than that we need to be able to describe the ‘new’ to people who haven’t yet imagined it.

Going beyond the concepts, to leverage the transformational power data business processes will need to change, so we need to unleash our creativity to imagine what those new processes and organisational structures will look like.

Data professional need to be creative, think creatively and deliver creative solutions. Many business are currently limited by their imagination.


16:00 - 16:30

Panel Debate: Afternoon Roundup

The afternoon roundup is an informal discussion of the key points raised in the afternoon’s talks by the speakers and hosts involved. These sessions are designed to be interactive so questions from the audience are encouraged.

16:30 - 17:00

Closing Keynote

In the closing session of DataTalks Caroline Carruthers and Peter Jackson provide their insight into the key issues raised during the day. They will also look ahead to the potential issues facing Data Leaders in the upcoming year, some of which might form the basis for DataTalks 2020!