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Why you can’t buy a good data strategy off the shelf, with Scott Logic,

August 4, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

The National Innovation Centre for Data presents Data Insights: Why you can’t buy a good data strategy off the shelf with Scott Logic

About this event
Conversations around data and data strategy can often be quite technical, and they can rapidly get bogged down in questions about systems architecture, which cloud service is best, and so on. However, when it comes to shaping a successful data strategy, it has become apparent that the most important aspects often do not involve technology at all.

Whether you wish to improve operational efficiency, understand your customers better, or foster greater collaboration between your colleagues, a good strategy provides the supporting framework you need to achieve your goal.

Join ourselves and Scott Logic at The Catalyst on Thursday 4th August from 9.30 a.m. as we present Why you can’t buy a good data strategy off the shelf, an eye-opening event which will uncover and demystify some of the guiding principles of a successful data strategy, and demonstrate that a good data strategy is not, in fact, a question of technology.

Scott Logic’s Principal Consultant Peter Chamberlin will be giving the keynote, which will be followed by a talk delivered by their Principal Consultant Nick Hume and Lead Developer James Wren. Our Technical Director Richie Ramsden will also be delivering an interactive workshop, and this will be followed by a panel discussion featuring representatives from the National Innovation Centre for Data, Scott Logic, and more panellists to be announced.

Refreshments including coffee and tea will be available upon arrival, and a delicious lunch will be served after the talks and workshop sessions have concluded. You really won’t want to miss out!

Who are Scott Logic?

Scott Logic are a software consultancy with offices throughout the UK – including a brand new one just across the way at The Lumen in Newcastle Helix – and they currently employ about 400 people.

They provide a range of services including architecture and technical strategy, data engineering, and software development, and their clients include well-known organisations such as the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), NatWest and NHS Digital.

Like us, Scott Logic are big believers in using technology to overcome challenges and discover new opportunities.

09.30 a.m. | Registration opens + refreshments

10.00 a.m. | Welcome + Intro | Paul Watson, Director of the National Innovation Centre for Data

10.10 a.m. | Keynote Talk: Data Strategy is Not a Technology Problem | Peter Chamberlin, Principal Consultant at Scott Logic

10.30 a.m. | Talk: Harnessing the Power of the Cloud | Nick Hume, Principal Consultant at Scott Logic; James Wren, Lead Developer at Scott Logic

11.00 a.m. | Interactive Workshop | Richie Ramsden, Technical Director at the National Innovation Centre for Data

11.30 a.m. | Panel discussion and Q+A featuring:

Colin Eberhardt, Chief Technical Officer at Scott Logic

Matt Richards, Technical Architect at Scott Logic

Peter Chamberlin, Principal Consultant at Scott Logic

Paul Lodge, Chief Data Officer at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

And more panellists to be announced

11.55 a.m. | Wrap-up | Paul Watson, Director of the National Innovation Centre for Data

12.00 p.m. | Lunch + networking


Speakers + Panellists

Peter Chamberlin
Principal Consultant, Scott Logic
Peter has been a Principal Consultant at Scott Logic since March 2022 and has extensive knowledge of numerous programming languages and technologies. Prior to joining Scott Logic, he held the position of Chief Architect, Digital Identity at the Government Digital Service (GDS). He is passionate about simplicity in technology.

Nick Hume
Principal Consultant, Scott Logic
Nick has been at Scott Logic for four years and has been a Principal Consultant since 2019. He has over 20 years’ experience in project management for technology companies and he is passionate about adding value and effecting change both efficiently and successfully.

James Wren
Lead Developer, Scott Logic
James has been a Lead Developer at Scott Logic for just over five years and has significant experience in software development, project management, and leading teams.

Colin Eberhardt
Chief Technical Officer, Scott Logic
Colin is Chief Technical Officer at Scott Logic and has been at the company since 2006. He divides his time between leading the research and development team and providing advisory consultancy to clients. Widely recognised as a thought leader in the industry, he has a reputation in software development circles as an expert in mobile technologies. In addition to all of this, Colin also happens to be an accomplished 7-ball juggler.

Matt Richards
Technical Architect, Scott Logic
Matt has been at Scott Logic for over 11 years and has spent most of that time working as a Technical Architect. He has deep experience in software development – particularly in Java – and is also an experienced project manager.

Paul Lodge
Chief Data Officer, DWP
Paul has been Chief Data Officer at the DWP since 2017, having previously held a number of different positions in various government departments and the British Army. Much of Paul’s work has focussed on business planning and strategy, and he is particularly passionate about data.



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  • This event will be held in-person at The Catalyst on the Newcastle Helix site.
  • The full event details and agenda will be confirmed via email the day before the event.

Venue Details

  • The Catalyst is centrally located in Newcastle upon Tyne: it is a 9-minute walk from Newcastle Central Station and a 7-minute walk from St. James’ Metro Station.
  • There is plenty of paid-for car parking available nearby, and plenty of secure bike storage on site.
  • For more information about the venue, please visit www.thecatalystnewcastle.co.uk.


Our Data Insights Programme
The Data Insights Programme is a series of events co-hosted by the National Innovation Centre for Data that explores what ‘good’ looks like in the context of innovating through data and brings together leaders in the field, as well as related knowledge and tools, to showcase the true insights which organisations can gain from their data. We want to provide additional insight to those organisations by connecting them to the companies who have the relevant data skills and experience.

The Data Insights Series features events around three themes:

  • Setting the Data Strategy
  • Best Practice
  • Technology Choices

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You can also visit us at www.nicd.org.uk


Scott Logic
+44 20 3787 4085
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The Catalyst
The Catalyst
Newcastle, Tyne and Wear NE4 5TG United Kingdom
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