Bigger and farther-reaching at Women in Data in 2018

We were delighted that this year we had more than 1000 data professionals at the Women in Data event. We extended the event format, with high-profile speakers, development sessions, training, networking and all-day exhibits to educate and inspire the Women in Data community.

We offer a huge thank you to our partners whose valued contributions enable us to keep this landmark UK data event free for attendees. Each partner actively promotes the importance and value of gender diversity and we look forward to their contributions.

The venue: Central Hall, Westminster

Central Hall Westminster is the largest conference and events venue in central London, with a large yet speaker-friendly and audience-friendly auditorium, and rooms for break-outs, parallel sessions, exhibits and dining.

Central Hall’s main auditorium enabled Women in Data to scale delegate numbers yet maintain the intimacy that has characterised previous events. The floor was arranged cabaret style with round tables, which is the preferred house style, while tiered surround-seating allowed delegates to remain close to the stage and fully engaged with activities.

Central Hall is a Grade II listed building that was used for the first UN public address in 1946. Today it is the home of hundreds of events each year, some of which you may have seen on television.

Your hosts: Roisin McCarthy, Rachel Keane, Payal Jain … and Women in Data’s partnership with Edwina Dunn and The Female Lead

We could not be more pleased with the amazing success of previous Women in Data events and their positive outcomes. We have seen the significant and measurable influence of Women in Data on the careers of women in data at all levels, which has translated into an uplift in the placement of women in significant data roles. However, this is not a time to become complacent; it is a time to capitalise on the momentum generated to date.

We are thrilled to be working in partnership with Edwina Dunn and The Female Lead. The work of The Female Lead goes deep and wide, from encouraging girls at grass roots level in schools to be brave enough to aspire to be future leaders, to promoting global luminaries as role models for all women.

We revealed the second Twenty in Data and Technology at Women in Data 2018. This programme – run in partnership with The Female Lead – was a big success in 2017 when we announced and promoted twenty inspirational women to act as visible role models.

We would like to thank Edwina, our wonderful speakers, and our partners, all of whom have a common objective to promote diversity as a blueprint for effective team work and as a positive force in business.

We enjoyed meeting you on the day and hope you have all taken away key messages and formed relationships that support you in your careers.

Event videos


Women in Data 2018, Central Hall, London. Speakers and attendees offer their views and feedback.


Roisin McCarthy, Rachel Keane, Payal Jain.


Chief Secretary to the Treasury


Group Chief Data Officer, Sainsbury’s plc
“Do less laundry: the empowering effect of agile applied analytics”

Twenty in Data and Technology

The launch of Twenty in Data and Technology 2018

Amanda Parker

Amanda Parker – “Notes to my future self”

Kathryn Parsons

Kathryn Parsons – CEO Decoded – “Claim Your Digital Vote”

Kathryn Parsons

Kathryn Parsons – CEO Decoded – “Claim Your Digital Vote”

Gary Sanders and Lyudmila Lugovskaya – Applied Sciences, Lloyds Banking Group

“Applied Sciences – transforming Lloyds Banking Group through Data Science”

Women in Data 2018 Experian panel session

Women in Data 2018 Experian panel session hosted by David Reed: Data Trust

Edwina Dunn – The Female Lead

Public Sector Panel Session: “Citizen Data”

Watch more 2018 event videos

Event speakers

Liz Truss

Chief Secretary to the Treasury


Group Chief Data Officer, Sainsbury’s plc


Head of Data at The Pensions Regulator


Chief Data Officer for Transport for London

Jacky Wright

Chief Digital and Information Officer, HMRC

Tabitha Goldstaub

Co-founder, CognitionX

Yasmin Hinds

GDPR and Data Protection Subject Matter Expert, Sopra Steria

Juliette Scott

Non Executive Director, HMRC

Amanda Parker

Founder, Amanda Parker Associates

Jackie Clayton


Sarah Robertson

Senior Consultant, Experian

Caroline Bellamy

Chief Data Officer, Ordnance Survey

Kathryn Parsons

Co-founder and CEO, Decoded

Gary Sanders

Applied Sciences, Lloyds Banking Group

Lyudmila Lugovskaya

Lead Data Scientist, Lloyds Banking Group

Workshop and session speakers

Karina Marks

Data Scientist, Mango Solutions

Aimee Gott

Senior Data Scientist and Education Practice Lead, Mango Solutions

Vikram Jain

Managing Director, JCURV

Kate Thompson

Managing Director & Partner, businessthreezero

Rowena Humby

Chief Product Officer, Starcount

Mark Edwards

Mindfulness Coach, Soft Skills for Hard Times

Nick Bennett

Founder and CEO, Fika

Fran Longstaff

Psychological Well-Being Advisor, Fika