Chief Data Officer
Available for 
Permanent or Interim roles

MIKE BUGEMBE - Chief Data Officer

Microsoft / NHS / Time Inc / Expedia /
Just Giving / DeBeers / Accenture

Mike is a longstanding friend of RoundPeg: he's spoken about A.I. and Data Science at a number of our leadership boardrooms and the response to him is always phenomenal.

Truth be told, we’ve fended off interest in Mike for a few years but now he is available exclusively through us. 

He has been described as ‘the guy you get if you want your business to see game changing value from your investment in data”.

Within a short period you can expect organisational transformation, complete attribution of value to your data investments and revenue-generating data products. As a result Mike has received notable press coverage around his work.

Mike’s book ‘Cracking the Data Code’ is an Amazon Best Seller.
He has advised Downing Street on tech, data and A.I.  Invited to speak onstage with Steven Hawking and Garry Kasparov
He has delivered huge revenue growth for several businesses, but also has a passion for data and AI for good, which has seen him work on projects where data and AI has been used to increase generosity, reduce school exclusions for vulnerable children and tackle the sex for grades problem in some universities around the world.

Featured in:

Forbes – Regular Columnist

Big Data and Business Analytics – contributing author

Tech Radar, Metro, Independent, Computing Magazine, Guardian, Computer Weekly, Marketing Week

Spoken at:

Leap Tech Conference 2022 

TedX 2021

Microsoft Summit 2019

Oxford University 

Harvard University

Microsoft Future Decoded 2014,2015,2016


Cracking the Data Code

(Amazon Best Seller) 

Pivot and Grow – the essential business success guide 

(Amazon Best Seller)


Data IQ 100

Most influential people in data: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020

Guardian Digital Masters Award



  • Over 14 organisations including:
  • Microsoft, NHS, Time Inc, IM Group, 


  • Future 50 Roundtable, Downing Street
  • Smart City Project

Permanent Roles

  • Chief Analytics Officer, Just Giving 2010-2018
  • Expedia Affiliate Network, Head of M.I.S 2009-2010
  • Debeers Group, Head of Business Intelligence 2004-2009
  • Accenture, Consultant 2001 -2004


  • MBA Cranfield University
  • MSc Real-time Computing Systems
  • BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering


Mike is an extremely adaptable and personable character with an unusual ability to simplify complex subjects. He is also an highly competent relationship builder and able to quickly gain the trust & confidence of a diverse group of stakeholders. These are some of the things Mike has previously delivered:

Developing organisational data strategies to support business growth

Transforming the organisation into a data-driven organisation

Attributing value to investments in data

Building and recruiting teams across the data value chain (engineers, DBAs, data scientists and analysts)
Educate and evangelise executives about the value of data, analytics and machine learning
Build and review proposals for investments in data

AI Executive buy-in projects

Training in data literacy, data storytelling, finding opportunities in data and AI

Finding opportunities for growth through data and developing the corresponding strategy

Some of Mike's key achievements:

  • Defined strategy, recruited data scientists to develop a new data product that is ROI positive in less than 6 months and has double digit month on month growth
  • Evangelised to executives supporting a full investment in data
  • Defined a new team structure and approach that will save hundreds of hours in inefficiencies
  • Trained the data team on how to find value in data resulting in a strategic change growing the product from a few hundred thousand users to over a million in a couple of years
  • Founded one of the largest UK data communities with over 350 Chief data officers and heads of data
  • Described by a popular publication as one of the most influential people in data
  • Transformed the organisation into a data-driven, experiment focused organisation growing from £200m per year to over £400m per year
  • Built a data science products that brought in more than £20 million in year 1 of deployment referenced frequently by the tech press
  • Built a data science team that was nominated for and won several awards

Mike has delivered results in the following business contexts:


  • Corporate
  • Investor Owned 
  • Family Owned 
  • Founder Led
  • 3rd Sector


  • Market Leader
  • Challenger


  • Venture
  • Growth
  • High Growth
  • Evergreen
  • Plateau / renovation



  • UK Preferred or Only
  • London, Birmingham, Manchester
  • 3 hours from St Albans
  • Any location where travel expenses met


  • From late June
  • Permanent or
  • 6 or 12 month FTC

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