The CDO Masterclass

26th June 2019

Hosted by Caroline Carruthers & Peter Jackson

Learn from seasoned data leaders in a brand new, dynamic and interactive data leaders conference format.

Gain a full understanding of the Chief Data Officers role by learning from data leaders who have the experience. Sessions will cover covering data strategy, how to sell the role of the Chief Data Officer to the business and and how to build your teams to name a few.

This pragmatic day is all about working through the current challenges that data leaders face and giving them the ways to solve them. The sessions led by Peter Jackson & Caroline Carruthers, authors of The Chief Data Officer’s Playbook and Data Driven Business Transformation book.

08:45 - 09:15

Coffee and registration

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.

10:45 - 11:15


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

13:00 - 14:00


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.

15:00 - 15:30


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