Open Data

Discussion table

Learn from
Gus Tugendhat

Founder of Tussell.


Gus is the founder of Tussell.

Tussell was founded in 2015 to fill a gap in the market for the provision of useful and reliable information on government contracts and spending. By consolidating trillions of pounds worth of public procurement data into a single platform, Tussell provides an unparalleled vantage point over the UK public procurement landscape.

Tussell's market intelligence is harnessed by Local and Central Government authorities to make better procurement decisions, drive value-for-money, and promote social value.

Before founding Tussell, Gus worked as a Managing Director at Thomson Reuters and an investment banker at Lazard. He has a track record of building subscription-based data businesses.
Diane Barlow

Chief Information Officer


About the session

The public sector acts in trust on behalf of citizens - and should make non-sensitive data freely available to enhance transparency, spur innovation, and promote greater public engagement. This goes beyond removing restrictions from copyright and other mechanisms of control - to actively making data available, usable and intelligible.

  1. Transparency and Trust: There can be no transparency without openness, and no trust without responsible data stewardship. How can we best use Open Data to engage with the public and improve our services - while ensuring the protection of sensitive information?
  2. Data Quality: Misinformation or outdated information will erode trust in government. What processes do we need to put in place to maintain the accuracy and reliability of open data?

  3. Technical Capabilities: Not all government departments have the necessary technical capabilities or infrastructure to manage an open data initiative. What kind of technical infrastructure do we need to effectively manage and share Open Data?