New digital chief for Thatcham

Daniel Payne has been promoted to the newly created position of chief digital officer at Thatcham Research.

In a move that reflects the strategic importance of data in the day-to-day business and long term ambitions of the business, Daniel will report directly to Peter Shaw, Thatcham Research’s chief executive.

Leading the new data enterprise function, alongside existing responsibilities of IT and software development, Daniel will focus on three key areas: developing a new data strategy to future proof business effectiveness and research; working with key partners such as the Motor Insurance Bureau (MIB) on data integration and interface, and; information security to ensure on-going compliance with continuously improving industry recognised standards.

‘This appointment reflects the fact that data is the lifeblood of great research, and we have to maintain the highest standards of security and control despite the complex and dynamic nature of data that powers our unique research,’ commented Peter Shaw. ‘Daniel is a data and systems expert, and brings considerable experience matched to great leadership skills which is an ideal combination for this important role.’

Since 2013, Daniel has been head of development at Thatcham Research where he has been responsible for leading an internal transformation project to drive greater efficiency, integrating Thatcham Research’s web-services with a global US software solution provider – Solera/Audatex, and delivering the rollout of the escribe online web platform within Australian and New Zealand territories.