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The Data Idols project is the Recruitment industry.

We believe strongly that the data world is changed, you now need to have an awareness of multiple different technologies and platforms. One platform doesn’t fit all and increasingly the companies we work with are implementing different technologies dependent on very specific project requirements.

Data Idols work with the UK’s leading data focused tech companies, we help organisations apply Data Engineering and Data Science techniques to improve the delivery of data projects, through consulting, recruitment, training and events.

The IT recruitment model is broken. Candidates are continually approached with mis-matched roles and even fake roles to lure them into an agencies system. Recruiters have the bottom line in mind, rather than the company or candidate.

Data Idols was founded in 2009, by David Loughlan, with the sole aim of adding IT knowledge to the recruitment industry.  As a contract DBA, David experienced the common failings within the recruitment industry first hand. Convinced it could be different, Data Idols was born, Recruitment was reborn.

Our principles
DATA IDOLS manifesto
Technical Knowledge.

Founded by a DBA, technical knowledge is at the heart of all we do.


We advocate fostering an environment where ideas are shared openly and tested regularly.

Promote Learning.

Actively support the sharing of knowledge via meetups, workshops, panels, webinars and hackathons.


It sounds simple right? Open, honest, ethical communication.  It’s sad we’ve had to write this down.

For the people, by the people..

We're Data Scientists too!

The core of our business is recruitment, but much of what we do involves growing and supporting awesome communities.  We do this to support the industry we depend on, to share ideas, promote learning and to foster innovation.  Our mission is to help the UK data community flourish.

Our team

Support the Data Community.

Helping bring us all together.

Our aim is to connect the data science community and foster the sharing of knowledge, inspiration and ideas. Want to volunteer at one of our events? Drop us a line and let us know.

Help contribute

Community Contributions

Accessible, free, community-driven events.


Next up: London, UK - April 2017

The Data Science Festival is a free, week long, annual, celebration of all things data science. The festival consists of lectures, workshops, demos, code sprints, panel discussions and social events, spread across London.

Job Board

Free to use, sans recruiters

Data Idols have opened up the Data Science Festival community to tech companies, we’ve built a free to use job board connecting the UK’s tech companies with our network. Connecting candidates directly with employers.


Inspirational talks, networking and more

Data engineers, analysts, scientists, and other practitioners. R, Python and other software engineers. Data visualisation developers and designers. Non-technical and all others welcome!

Our team

David Loughlan


Adam Tomlin

Business Intelligence, Analytics & Microsoft Data Platform

Charlotte Heggie

Data Science

Jessica Willis

Community Manager

Ian Lindop

Data Engineering

Frances Jay


Get involved.

Interested in joining our team or want to volunteer at one of our events? Drop us a line and let us know.

Contact Us

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.


Torture the data, and it will confess to anything.


Programming is usually taught by examples.

Drop us a line!
Looking to hire?  Searching for your next challenge? Or interested in joining our team? Use the contact form and let us know.

314 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2UB

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