Steering group

Big Data LDN has asked the brightest and best data brains in the UK to help steer us as to where the industry is going. Our Steering Committee provides us with  invaluable experience and insight of the everyday reality of working in the fast-moving world of Data.


Managing Director, Intelligent Business Strategies

Conference Chair
A respected rainmaker since before Big Data was even named, Mike consults with the largest tech vendors on strategy and positioning. His intensely-detailed work researching the market and vendor offerings find him on stages worldwide for much of the year. Not a man to skip the details, he likes his data deep

Best thing about Big Data LDN?
Offering free research insights to the Big Data community and basking in their feedback, good and bad.


Founder and Chief Power BI Architect,
Data Pears

Mara is an entrepreneur and technology expert, known for her expertise in Power BI. As the Founder and Power BI Architect at Data Pears, she has built a thriving business dedicated to helping individuals and organizations achieve more with this powerful technology.


Data Operations Director,

As ICIS Director of data, Manca is focusing on the development of a data culture through implementation of a comprehensive data literacy programme, enabling all ICIS staff to ask questions and make decisions based on data.


Chief Engineer,

Dan Keeley has been working in data engineering for over 15 years. He was named one of the UKs top 50 data influencers in 2016 and joined the BDL steering group in 2023.



Women in Data

Since founding Women in Data in 2015 Roisin continues to drive more inclusive and innovative methods in which to engage women in a career in Data, develop their expertise in the sector and use the human capital and brilliance of the community for good.


Data Privacy & Regulations Customer Experience Global Program Leader

Jovita is a strategist, engineer, and attorney with global experience aligning business, people, processes, and technology to deliver business value. Currently, Jovita serves as the Data Privacy and Regulations Customer Experience Global Program Leader at Kyndryl


The Data Governance Coach


Nicola is the leading data governance training provider in the UK. She holds a unique level of experience in the Data Governance field, and has experience in training, coaching and working with major organisations to help them implement full data governance frameworks.


Data Management Lead,
Bank of England

Abel is a high performing Data Management professional with working experience across various industries and sectors in the United Kingdom. Abel is a self-confessed Data Management Influencer and Champion who is passionate about the Data Management profession not just in the United Kingdom but across the globe.

Best thing about Big Data LDN?
The atmosphere is vibrant! Big Data LDN is a unique conference and there’s something for everyone. 


CEO & Founder,

The brains behind many of the pioneering Big Data moves at UK retail goliath Marks & Spencer, Jason struck out on his own to form a new full-service data and analytics agency, Cynozure, to service the growing need for business focussed expert Big Data advice, coaching, leadership and skills. Still smiling as Cynozure’s client list grows, he is the ultimate poacher turned gamekeeper.

Best thing about Big Data LDN?
No event has so many people looking to elevate their data literacy. It’s where we go to share our strategies for success.


Co-founder – Director,
Eden Smith

Founder of Big Data specialist headhunter and recruiter, Eden Smith. His encyclopedic knowledge of the space allows him to predict urgent staffing needs before most organisations know they have them. Eden Smith’s crack team specialises in finding ‘needle in the haystack’ employees, contractors and teams to build the next Big Data success stories.

Best thing about Big Data LDN?
Meeting the best Big Data talent over coffees, or stronger, and placing them on the best projects.