Heather Savory

Heather Savory

Job Title: Deputy National Statistician and Director General for Data Capability

Company: Office for National Statistics

Heather Savory joined the Office for National Statistics as Director General for Data Capability in April 2015. She is driving the transformation of ONS data services to enable and expand the use of data and deliver a step change in the evidence base that informs economic and social policy to help Britain make better decisions. Responsible for digital and information technology, strategy and portfolio delivery, data science and methods & workforce capacity and capability.

Heather has a strong commercial track-record and extensive board and senior management experience in entrepreneurial and high technology businesses, consulting and central government.

Heather served as Chair of the Open Data User Group (ODUG), an independent advisory group to the Government’s Public Sector Transparency Board, for three years from May 2012; she also served as an independent member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Regulatory Board for four years.

Heather has previously worked at 3Dlabs as Vice President of Engineering and Operations and eComData as Managing Director. Her Government experience includes two years in HM Treasury (HMT) and three in the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills working for the Better Regulation Executive (BRE).

Heather graduated from Loughborough University of Technology with a 1st class B.Sc. (Hons) in Electronic and Electrical Engineering and a diploma in Industrial Studies and studied for her MBA at London Business School.

Speaking at the following:

2.00pm - 2.45pm
Discussion Group 1C: Securing Investment and Executive Buy-In For Your Analytics Function

Discussing approaches and strategies for gaining budget and buy in as well as justifying the business case with a tangible value creation for your organisation. Talking the right language – how do you pitch to senior management to justify expanding your analytics function? Evaluating how you can manage expectations and balance delivery once resources and… Read more.

5.30pm - 5.45pm
5.45pm - 6.00pm
8.45am - 9.00am
8.45am - 9.15am
Chair’s Opening Remarks

• Discuss the commercialisation of the Chief Data Officer Role. • Evaluate the progress in the Office’s for National Statistic’s own journey of data-centricity. • Aligning the data strategy with ONS’s processes and outputs.