Caroline Bellamy joined MOD in May 2020 as the first Chief Data Officer, when the Defence Data Office was established. Caroline is leading the Defence Data Strategy and data transformation programme to underpin the realisation of “Data as a Strategic Asset” for Defence. As the Chief Data Officer, Caroline is driving towards a future where Defence will be able to exploit data in a fast, accurate and robust way. Data will be human and machine-ready enabling accelerated local, as well as pan-Defence exploitation ranging from back office reporting to battlespace planning. The importance of data capabilities, skills and integrity (security and ethical) is a core focus for Caroline, including effective cultural change and promoting diversity and inclusion at all levels. Prior to joining MOD, Caroline had a 30-year career in the “data industry” across the FTSE 100 and Public Sector. Caroline is experienced at executing major data transformations and champions data at Board level, defining and delivering enterprise wide data capabilities helping organisations unlock the power of data to realise commercial, economic and citizen benefits.