CDO of the Year Winners Announced!

Left to Right: Sarah Wilkinson, CEO at NHS Digital; David Mathison, CEO at CDO Club; Lauren Sager Weinstein, Chief Data Officer at Transport for London (TfL)

Congratulations to Sarah Wilkinson, CEO at NHS Digital, recognized as “U.K. Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2017,” and Lauren Sager Weinstein, Chief Data Officer at Transport for London (TfL), for being named the “U.K. Chief Data Officer of the Year 2017” by the CDO Club, the world’s largest community of C-suite digital and data leaders.

The awards were announced during the 3rd U.K. CDO Summit, which took place in London yesterday, on Wednesday March 28, 2018.

Sarah Wilkinson, CEO at NHS Digital, “U.K. Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2017”

Ms. Wilkinson was presented with the award after her keynote on “Digitising the National Health Service.”

In 2017, Ms. Wilkinson became CEO of NHS Digital, the executive body of the Department of Health, which provides information, data, and IT systems for health and social care nationally.

Prior to joining NHS Digital, Sarah was Chief Digital, Data and Technology Officer (CIO) at The Home Office, with responsibility for the delivery of technology services for the UK Border, Visas and Immigration, Asylum, Policing and Counter-Terror. Prior to The Home Office, Sarah spent 23 years in financial services during which time she held CIO roles at Credit Suisse, UBS, Deutsche Bank, and Lehman Brothers.

Sarah is a Non Executive Director of Kings College London and a member of their Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee; a Non-Executive Director of the Police ICT Company; a member of the Tech Partnership Board; and a member of the advisory boards of the Department of Computing at Imperial College and the Department of Maths at Oxford University. She has also worked as an advisor to various technology start-ups.

For more information, see the press release below:

Press Release: Sarah Wilkinson, CEO of NHS Digital, Named
U.K. Chief Digital Officer of the Year 2017 by CDO Club

Lauren Sager Weinstein was presented with the award after her keynote on “Delivering Better Transport with Big Data.” This is the first-ever Chief Data Officer of the Year awarded in the U.K.

Lauren Sager Weinstein, Chief Data Officer at Transport for London (TfL), “U.K. Chief Data Officer of the Year 2017”

Lauren became Chief Data Officer at Transport for London in January 2017, driving TfL’s decision-making and improving customer services through the provision of data products and services. She is responsible for TfL’s business intelligence/data science strategy, TfL’s technical platform design, development, and support for data products and services.

In a single day, TfL collects 19 million smartcard ticketing transactions, 4.5 million bus location events, and 5.2 billion records from SCOOT traffic detectors. Lauren and her team of developers and data scientists transform that flow of data into analytic tools to better run and plan the transport network, improving the experience for customers.

Lauren joined TfL in 2002 as a Senior Business Planner and has held a variety of roles, including Head of Analytics for their Customer Experience Directorate from 2012-2016; Head of Oyster Development from 2007-2012; and Chief of Staff, Finance, and Planning from 2004-2007. She was also part of the team that developed and introduced ticketing using contactless bank cards on London’s buses, Tube and trains from 2012. More than 1.5 billion journeys have now been made using this innovative technology, which is now being introduced in other world cities such as New York, Boston and Miami.

Prior to TfL, Lauren worked for the City of Los Angeles and for at RAND, a non-profit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis.

Originally from Washington, DC, USA, Sager Weinstein earned her A.B. degree from Princeton University in 1995, and her Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2002.

For more information, see the press release below:

Press Release: Transport for London’s Lauren Sager Weinstein Named
U.K. Chief Data Officer of the Year 2017 by CDO Club

The CDO Club has given the annual “CDO of the Year” award in the US, UK, EU, ANZ, and Japan to both Chief Digital Officers (since 2013) and Chief Data Officers (since 2016).

See all previous CDO of the Year award-winners here.


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