Jon Cooke

CTO and Leader of multi-million-pound data and analytics technology businesses, recognised industry expert in Technology / AI and Big Data at start-up / scale-up SaaS companies.


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As the CTO of Dataception, created an AI and Big Data technology product that reduces 70% of cost (2 Million+) of building Big Data and AI pipelines. As a Data, Analytics and Technology consulting practice lead, created and grew practices from zero to 10M+ revenue. Ran many pre-sales and client facing organisations. 15 years+ engaging directly with customers at C-Suite level. Achieved a net retention of 90%+ for teams of 60+ technology professionals, across Development, Data Architecture, Data Science and Data Governance. Authored numerous white papers, written content for industry magazines, presented to, and sat on panels in industry forums to global C-suite executives on the topics of Technology Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Cloud. Lead multimillion-dollar data initiatives, implementing large project portfolios in some of the largest organisations whilst interfacing at C-suite levels. From spinning up and incubators with POC/POV processes to defining data and business strategy, vision, architecture, roadmaps to creating the governance and operating models

Work experience

Jul 2020 - Present

Data Science Partnership

Chief Data Officer

At Data Science Partnership I advise CDOs and Data leaders on adopting data strategies including Big Data / Data Science and Artificial Intelligence to embed insight as the foundation for decision making for their business.

Mar 2019 - Present

Dataception Ltd

Chief Technology Officer & Founder

Creator of Dataceptions' Unified Data Platform which provides self-service, collaborative creation, distribution and consumption of Big Data applications, ML models and BI Dashboards on to hybrid on-demand cloud infrastructure. The platform employs technologies such as Python/R ,Spark, Tableau and utilises native cloud (AWS, Azure and GCP) and Kuberntes (Openshift). This Unified Data Platform architecture was used to create a large-scale multi-tenant Big Data / ML platform for retailer and manufacturer, Lego, for their cross business Analytics function.


Mar 2018 - Mar 2019


Senior Director of Field Engineering, EMEA

Lead the EMEA Solution Architecture team for Databricks (the company that founded Apache Spark). Helping customers implement Big Data/ AI solutions with Databricks’ AI/Big Data platform (based on Apache Spark) on AWS & Azure.


Mar 2016 - Feb 2018


Director - FS Consulting Big Data Lead

Lead PwCs UKs FS Consulting’s Big data and analytics group, specialising in cloud applications, AI / ML and Big Data

Jan 2015 - Feb 2016


Head of Data Science and Big Data Specialist

Lead GFTs Big Data Practice – Building end-to-end client solutions and creating capabilities in Data Architecture/ Data Governance / Data Science and Big Data including white papers.

Nov 2014 - Jan 2015

Rule Financial (Part of the GFT Group)

Head of Data Science and Big Data Specialist

Running a team of specialists that create market leading solutions with capability around the following: • Industry-leading Data driven architecture and solutions including state of the art in-memory MI and analytics platforms • Defining big data architectures and technology stacks •Sector Specialised technical development expertise leveraging NoSQL databases   • Data calculation engines – Creation of computing platforms to enable the processing of huge• volumes of data Responsibilities include: • Managing a team of Financial Services and BigData technical Specialists. • Managing the day to day P&L of the practice. • Creating and selling thought leading practice based propositions • Creating thought leading white papers around BigData and Analytics


Jan 2014 - Oct 2014

Rule Financial

Head of Development Practice

Responsibilities include: • Managing a team of 30 Financial Services and BigData technical Specialists. • Managing the day to day P&L of the practice. • Creating and selling thought leading practice based propositions • Creating thought leading white papers around BigData and Analytics


Jan 2012 - Jan 2014

Rule Financial

Principal Consultant

Strategic initiatives include: • Defining the data and technical approach for BCBS239 - Effective Risk Data Aggregation And Reporting for Rules Risk Practice • Implementing a Data Strategy for a Wholesale Risk business • Working with a Tier 1 Banks Enterprise Architecture group to help define the global data distribution mechanism • Developed based Risk MI capability for Rule based on Hadoop , Cassandra and Acunu real-time analytics. • Market and Trade Data Fabric platform based on Coherence • Delivery on a white papers on Data fabric platforms and strategy • Part of the team delivering a Big Data capability for Collateral Optimization based on real-time Analytics The specific projects that Jon has been the project Solution Architect on include: • Operations Enterprise BI/MI Data Initiative Platform providing real-time BI/MI core Operations functions across 25 different business lines (e.g. Settlements, Regulatory Reporting, Confirmations, KYC) and 450 different systems. Jon's role includes: Defining the data strategy (models, data life-cycle taxonomy, on-boarding, data mart, staging and ETL), defining the data quality mechanism and standards, architecting the platform (including: technology selection, system, integration and data architecture) and defining the interfacing standards and approach. • Wholesale Risk Business Data Strategy and Platform Whole Risk business (including Investment bank, Wealth and Corporate) large scale (200Tb, 800 integration points) data platform for storage and servicing of full Market and Credit Risk Lifecycle – Sanctioning, RWA, DVA,CVA, Reporting, BASEL III, VaR, PFE/EE/Stressed EE data. • Global golden source Reference Data Platform and Strategy. Jon's architecture provided counterparty/legal hierarchy web and messaging interfaces for a portfolio of systems across the whole enterprise. Global Reference Counterparty data including hierarchies, SSIs, with MDM, On-Boarding and KYC business processes.

Jan 2011 - Jan 2012


Solutions Architect

Jon’s has been the Architect on a variety of projects across the Global Markets business and also been part of or driven a number of strategic in-flight initiatives that are helping drive the Global Markets technology strategy for numerous Banks. Jon’s day-to-day functions are very diverse, from defining I.T. strategies to producing the architecture for Multi-million dollar projects to coding components directly. Strategic initiatives: • Global Markets Middleware strategy including: Architecture, SDLC, governance,team structures • The Global Markets Technology operating model i.e. Global Markets delivery, architectural Governance/support existing new platforms. • Driving out the Institutional/Enterprise Architecture standards and appropriate technology • Tactical/strategic remediation Murex stabilisation Projects • Enterprise Global data fabric for Trade/Market data for the whole Investment bank to use globally • Leading the creation and development of an Enterprise data fabric based on GemFire for trade and Market Data for the use of the whole Global Markets business • FX Based Margin trading platform (FX/Commodities) • Implementation of the Dodd Frank regulations to the OTC Derivatives platform for Swaps in the Fixed Income business. • Global Markets Portal (GMP) – Global Markets e-commerce offering • Warrants platform (Horizon Market Maker) used by the Equities Derivatives desk based in Hong Kong


Sep 2006 - Dec 2010

Rule Financial

Principlal Consultant

Strategic initiatives: • Enterprise Architectural Governance around TOGAF • Creation of an Agile based SDLC based on EssUP • Delivery on a white paper on Data fabric strategy • Assistance of the set-up of a near-shore Support capability for Rule Financial • Extensive pre-sales engagement and involvement in the Sales life-cycle • Development of propositions and Sales collateral Specific projects: • Architecting a cross Asset Class derivatives market Data System that is used in a Tier 1 bank across the whole of the Businesses. • Leading a 27 Million Euro Front-to-Finance business change initiative for a Dutch based bank based. • Architecting an implementation of a new front-office electronic trading system for a joint venture between Morgan Stanley/Goldman Sachs/Merrill Lynch trading in Exchange traded funds (ETFs). • Developing, designing and implementing a FIX 4.2 based DMA capability • Managing a large team (including architectural and development responsibilities), that implemented a cross asset derivatives pricing and trading system for the front-office of a tier-one Investment Bank. • Architecting a Counterparty golden source system for an entire Tier 1 Investment bank. • Implementation of two financial payment systems for two tier-one Banks.

Apr 2005 - Sep 2006


Solutions Architect

This role involved using Agile methodologies to develop multiple SOA based solutions using a leading Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) for blue chip organizations. In this role I delivered many projects using the above technologies. One project was for a financial services company building a system framework integrating a Web Services stack with Spring/Nano/Pico containers and a Hibernate persistence layer. Another was producing a prototype of an application using Java Server Faces, Tangasol Coherence and AJAX (full SDLC with UML).

Oct 2004 - Apr 2005

Galileo (CendantTDS)

Asia Pacific Systems Architect

A very high profile regional Lead Systems Architect position. Responsibilities included architectural accontability for all IT projects carried out by a very large Global Travel Conglomerate ( Cendant TDS ). The role was created to promote good architectural practice in the region and to be a conduit for a Service Orientated Architecture global strategies.


Sep 2003 - Oct 2004


Application Architect

Lead architect for a large organization (30,000+ global employees) that designed and implemented the first SOA infrastructure as part of a $350M program. Instigated and ran the development of corporate standards in architecture and design. This included hands-on coding, design, build and test phases. Developed the XML, XSD and SOAP standards for the Enterprise.

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