Caroline Carruthers


I am Network Rail’s first Chief Data Officer. Network Rail runs, maintains and develops Britain’s rail infrastructure, employing around 30,000 people directly and about the same amount through our partners. Information is a critical capability within this highly complex environment which is planning the transformation to the digital railway of the future. I have established a small team and operate with a matrix team drawing together Information Governance, Information Security, Data Protection, Freedom of Information, Records Management and Business Intelligence to deliver the vision of effective, accountable and sustainable management of information across Network Rail.

I draw on experience from a varied background covering CIO/CTO roles through to running large scale complex change programmes. It was the recognition that ‘everything we do is fueled by data and information’ that drove me down the CDO route and describe myself as a Data Cheerleader.

I am passionate about the role information professionals have to play in business and the need for organisations to understand the fundamental role we play in helping the organisation succeed.

I contribute articles to the professional press and speak regularly at conferences around the Chief Data Officer role and the benefits of good Information Management.