Westminster eForum

The National Data Strategy and growing the UK data economy - services and capability, data handling and public trust, and opportunities for government and businesses

Morning, Thursday, 5th March 2020

The Courtroom, Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London SE1 9DD


This conference will consider the way forward for the development of the UK’s data economy.

Areas for discussion include:

  • Latest on the development of the National Data Strategy and what is needed from policy and practice to support organisations in utilising data to drive growth;
  • Broadening access to public sector data for the private sector, including SMEs;
  • Increasing public involvement and trust in the use and treatment of their data; and
  • Improving public services and the way data is gathered, exchanged, and used across government - and in the private and third sectors;
  • Next steps for the UK’s data infrastructure.


There will be keynote addresses from:

  • Gaia Marcus, Head of Data Strategy, DCMS;
  • Sian Jones, Director, Cross-Government VfM, National Audit Office; and
  • Dr Chris Francis, Director, UK Government Relations, SAP.

Further confirmed speakers include: Alan Ainsworth, Open Banking; Paula Barrett, Eversheds Sutherland; Josh D’Addario, Open Data Institute; Mark Enzer, Centre for Digital Built Britain and Mott MacDonald; Chris Gorst, Nesta; Dr Michael Groves, Topolytics; Frankie Kay, Office for National Statistics; Laura Sandys, Government’s Energy Data Taskforce; Patrick Stephenson, Fujitsu and Stephen Wilkinson, 6sGlobal.

The agenda

  • The National Data Strategy - creating standards for the use of data across government and development of the UK’s wider data economy;
  • The UK’s data economy - widening of digital capability and services across government and the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors;
  • Challenges in using data across government - findings and recommendations from the NAO report;
  • Security, privacy, and public trust - improving data handling practices and tackling key ethical concerns;
  • Developing partnerships between government and business - and digital and data-driven services for social good; and
  • Realising the benefits of private sector innovation in data-driven services and digital technologies.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster eForum conference has attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Cabinet Office; CDEI; DCMS; DfE; DHSC; DIT; DfT; DWP; Food Standards Agency; HMCTS; HMRC; Home Office; HSE; MHCLG; MoJ; NAO; ONS; The Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speakers

Gaia Marcus

Head of Data Strategy, DCMS

Sian Jones

Director, Cross-Government VfM, National Audit Office

Keynote Speakers

Gaia Marcus

Head of Data Strategy, DCMS

Sian Jones

Director, Cross-Government VfM, National Audit Office

Dr Chris Francis

Director, UK Government Relations, SAP


Patrick Stephenson

Client Managing Director, Central and Regional Government, Fujitsu UK & Ireland

Mark Enzer

Chair, Digital Framework Task Group, Centre for Digital Built Britain and Chief Technical Officer, Mott MacDonald

Paula Barrett

Partner and Global Co-Lead, Privacy & Cyber Security Law, Eversheds Sutherland

Laura Sandys

Chair, Government’s Energy Data Taskforce

Chris Gorst

Director, Nesta Challenges, Nesta

Stephen Wilkinson

Data Protection Subject Matter Expert, 6sGlobal

Josh D’Addario

Consultant, Open Data Institute

Alan Ainsworth

Head of Policy, Open Banking

Frankie Kay

Interim Deputy National Statistician and Director General, Data Capability, Office for National Statistics

Dr Michael Groves

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Topolytics

Javier Ruiz Diaz

Policy Director, Open Rights Group

Kirsty Innes

Head of Tech and Economy, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change