Women in Data UKTM 2018 – great speakers, venue and partners. Record numbers.

We were delighted to have 1000 data professionals at the 2018 Women in Data UK landmark event. We extended the event format, with speakers, development sessions and all-day exhibits to inspire the WiD UK community. Workshops were fully booked within 30 minutes of being made available!

We thank all our incredible partners whose support enables us to make this event free for attendees. Each partner actively promotes the importance of gender diversity, which they made clear in their presentations.


WATCH: Overview video of Women in Data UK 2018, the largest UK data event of its kind.


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Our Partners and Women in Data in the news

Listen to Roisin, Rachel and Payal on Data Talk podcast “Women in Data”

Published: 18.03.2019
Women in Data UK Co-founders, Rachel Keane and Roisin McCarthy, and Chair, Payal Jain talk about the challenges for women in the Data sector in this Experian Data Talk podcast broadcast on International Women’s Day 2019.  Stream the podcast here

2019 Twenty in Data and Technology Role Models. Nominate before 19th April.

Published: 15.03.2019
Women in Data UK is thrilled to announce on International Women’s Day that nominations are open for the third Twenty in Data and Technology collection. By nominating a colleague or yourself to be among 2019’s Twenty in Data and Technology, you are helping us to identify and celebrate the next generation of female role models in our industry. This award recognises leading women within the fields of Data and Technology, in all stages of their career. We hope that this year’s Twenty in Data and Technology awardees will raise the bar even higher and inspire future generations of women. After all, “you can’t be what you can’t see!” Nominations close Friday 19th April READ MORE, NOMINATE NOW

Extracting Value from Data Analytics: Focus on People, Not Data

Published: 12.03.2019
Extracting value from considerable data investment is a boardroom concern. Over the past few years, organisations have invested millions of pounds in their Big Data strategy; analysing massive data sets to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behaviour and interactions, in order to understand their customers, products and processes better. Many organisations are now asking whether these investment decisions have or will ever deliver against the business case, particularly those companies dealing with significant run costs in maintaining their data landscape. However, JCURV has found most of the value from data is being left on the table. Payal Jain, Chair of WiD UK, picks through some of the issues surrounding the management of big data and its complexity, and proposes innovative agile methods for timely, measurable results. Read: Extracting Value from Data Analytics: Focus on People, Not Data

Listen to Roisin on Cynozure podcast “Diversity, Inclusion, and Discrimination in Data”

Published: 08.03.2019
Roisin McCarthy discusses everything from encouraging diverse teams in data and the benefits of this principle to discrimination in analytics, in recognition of International Women’s Day 2019. Stream the podcast here

Join us at the Chief Data Officer Exchange
26th – 27th March

Published: 18.02.2019
Women in Data UK is an organisation dedicated to the support of women data professionals at all stages of their careers from graduate to boardroom. Join us at the Chief Data Officer Exchange 26th – 27th March at the Hilton London Syon Park for a ‘Lunch and Learn’ session to see how you can get involved in activities. Women in Data UK originated to fill a gap in the data sector in 2015 and its community has grown to 20,000. We are slowly but surely seeing an improvement on the low (15%) representation of women in data, with more women being appointed at board level. The superior performance of FTSE 100 companies with higher female representation is evidence that blended teams are better for the UK economy. The data landscape is changing and this is your time, so get involved. In attendance at the CDO Exchange are WiD UK founders Roisin McCarthy and Rachel Keane, and Chair, Payal Jain. Talk to them; they’d love to share ideas. https://chiefdataofficerexchange.iqpc.co.uk/

Women in Data UK Meet-up 21st March – Lloyds Banking Group

Published: 18.02.2019
Join Women in Data UK and Lloyds Banking Group for an evening of insightful talks, networking and an interactive workshop at their offices in London.

Announcing WiD UK Partner Meet-ups 2019

2019 sees the start of an exciting Meet-up initiative hosted by Women in Data UK partners. Partner Meet-ups for 100 delegates give our community the chance to hear about data trends and, importantly, more opportunity to network.


Women in Data UKTM 2018. It’s your time! Changing the data landscape.

The number of delegates at the Women in Data UK annual event has doubled year on year to 1000 in 2018. We have enjoyed dozens of speakers of the highest calibre and seen the WiD UK community grow to 20,000. 12 of our WiD UK colleagues and participants were recognised in the DataIQ 2018 Big 100. Our Chair, Payal Jain, was No1 Data Titan in 2016 and in 2018 is on the CW long-list for UK influential women in tech. In partnership with Edwina Dunn and The Female Lead, we announced the second Twenty in Data and Technology to act as role models, following the huge success of the inaugural Twenty. Our growth has led to leading brands joining us as partners, to advance data and diversity initiatives in their own organisations, and to encourage women in the data sector at every stage of their careers from graduate to boardroom.

WiD UK 2018 featured some of the most influential women in the data sector, as speakers and on panels, which included a public sector panel and a panel hosted by our Platinum partner, Experian, on the critical matter of Data Trust. We were also delighted to have Liz Truss, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, open the event.

WiD UK 2018 was a busy, varied and positive day … indeed, another a landmark event.

What happened at WiD UK 2018?

Helen Hunter urges attendees to ‘have courage’
Sainsbury’s CDO gave a powerful, open and honest presentation about her career challenges, agile goals and the confidence gap that faces females in STEM.

Data Science is hot, which raises issues of trust
Experian hosted a panel that explored people’s attitudes to privacy and trust, and organisatons’ responsibilities to be ethical and transparent. Lloyds Banking Group provided insight into how Data Science can be applied, monitored and adapted.

An event that perfectly blends inspiration and practical guidance
Amanda Parker invited attendees to tap into their early-life ambitions; Kathryn Parsons mapped gender ratios in STEM and announced new data academies; while Liz Truss invited the WiD community to use their combined voice for positive action.

Network, network, network!
WiD UK events are characterised by their openness and intimacy. The 2018 event gave attendees full access to partner representatives and speakers throughout the day. Attendees also had time to get to know each other in workshops and during event breaks. These networking opportunities are at the core of WiD UK’s ability to facilitate peer relationships that provide immense ongoing support for female data practitioners.


Women in Data UK
is proud to be working in partnership
with Edwina Dunn and The Female Lead