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Watch this dynamic keynote session at GovTech 2023 led by Neil McIvor, Chief Data Officer, Department for Education and Mohammed Syed, Principal Data Consultant, esynergy, where they delved into the essential components of effective CDOs and the crucial role of data functions within government.

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Neil McIvor

CDO, Department for Education

Neil McIvor became the Chief Data Officer and Chief Statistician at the Department for Education in October 2017. Neil started his career in the Civil Service in 2001, becoming a professionally accredited statistician in 2003 following achieving a first class honours degree in Mathematics with the Open University. Neil joined the Department for Work and Pensions in 2004, where his first role was to build a billion record pseudonymised individual level database, linking benefit and employment spells for all UK adults that had been on welfare benefits at some point since 1998. This Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study became the backbone for social analysis of welfare and employment throughout the 2000’s and 2010’s. Neil also spent some time as lead analyst on disability employment issues, before becoming policy lead for specialist disability employment, and disability benefits. In 2012, Neil returned to his statistical roots, to become the Department for Work and Pensions Deputy Head of Profession for Statistics, and became DWP’s temporary Chief Data Officer in 2016, moving briefly to the Office for National Statistics to run Business Data Operations, and Student Migration statistics, before moving to his current role, where Neil has responsibility for the departments enterprise wide data and information strategy, governance, control, policy development, and effective automated data collections and data sharing. Neil also runs the Department’s Data Protection Office and Knowledge and Information Management teams. The role combines accountability and responsibility for information protection and privacy, information governance, data quality and data life cycle management, along with the exploitation of data assets to create insight. Neil was voted the 7th most influential data leader in the UK DATAIQ 2020 and one of the UK’s top 10 data leaders in 2022.

Mohammad Syed

Principal Data Consultant, esynergy

With over 15 years of experience in data and digital transformation, Mohammad helps organisations leverage data as a strategic asset and enable them to achieve their business goals through data strategy, architecture, engineering, management, analytics, ML/AI, and cloud. He has delivered data analytics projects for the likes of HMRC, DWP and Ministry of Justice. He is passionate about innovation, cultural change, thought leadership, and developing young people, and he has multiple credentials, certifications, honours, and publications that demonstrate my expertise and contributions to the field. He is also a recognised thought leader and contributing author to O’Reilly.

Overview

esynergy was a proud partner of GovTech 2023. A conference that was co-located with both the Quantum Advantage Summit and the Government Data Conference and aimed to bridge the gap between public policy and cutting-edge technology.

The event brought together digital, data and emerging technology leaders in the QEII Centre, London on 18 October 2023 and explored the challenges and successes of implementing new and emerging technologies in the public sector.

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10.10am Main Stage

Neil McIvor, Chief Data Officer, Department for Education and Mohammed Syed, Principal Data Consultant, esynergy, led a dynamic keynote where they delved into the essential components of effective CDOs and the crucial role of data functions within government. Sign up to access this talk and discover strategies for building stakeholder alignment, engaging vital partners, and uncover a compelling real-world case study that exemplifies these principles. Get ready to revolutionize your approach to data leadership in government and participate in an enlightening Q&A session that promises to shape your data-driven journey. 

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