Founder and Chair of The Female Lead
Edwina Dunn joined CACI as a graduate and spent the early part of her career working with small area statistics and the OPCS Government (Census) data. She went on to found dunnhumby, which, in 1995, was taken up by Tesco as the approach for its Clubcard programme and became the first mass customisation marketing programme in the world. Customer insight and Clubcard rewards helped to transform Tesco from a secondary player in the UK to the significant market and global leader it is today. Edwina was responsible for the company commercially, guiding the company into new sectors and new markets. As well as growing dunnhumby’s team to span 30 offices worldwide, Edwina worked closely with international clients to embed true customer-centricity in their organisations.
Edwina is Founder and Chair of The Female Lead (not-for-profit), which celebrates the role women play across the world and aims to inspire youth with the many ways in which women can enjoy and celebrate success.
The Female Lead aims to make women’s stories more visible and to provide positive role models for future generations.
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Managing Director and Chair of Women in Data 2016
Payal started her career at Barclays in 2000, on the graduate programme as a SAS analyst. Her career at Barclays spanned 16 years, where she performed in a number of P&L and analytical roles in the UK and Internationally. In her last role at Barclays, Payal became the Managing Director of Strategic Analytics, responsible for all the analytics its in European Credit Card division.
Payal completed a degree in mathematics and teaching at the University of Oxford, after which, went on to a gain a Masters in management science and operational research at Warwick Business School.
“It’s a privilege to work in analytics and have access to data,” says Payal. “As analytics professionals, we have the ability to drill into the data and see patterns emerging, which then enables us to derive value for the business. In years to come, I hope my legacy is that I’ve helped to get people passionate about analytics, ensuring it’s ingrained in a company’s DNA and giving individuals looking to enter the field the confidence to push the boundaries.”
Payal is passionate about encouraging more Women to progress their careers in data. She was the keynote speaker at the ‘Women in Data 2015’ conference, and now sits as Chair for the campaign.
Earlier this year, Payal was crowned the most influential data professional in the Big Data 100, and now works as an independent advisor, focusing on helping organisations deliver a step-change in performance through building a strong data analytics capability.
Founder of Insight Narrator
Caroline Florence is the founder of Insight Narrator, an independent training and coaching consultancy that helps professionals working with research and data increase the impact of what they do. Caroline is passionate about turning evidence based insights into commercially relevant stories that drive engagement with ideas, influence decision making, inspire others and improve results. A thought leader in business communication she regularly runs training session for The Market Research Society, Insight Management Academy and Chartered Institute of Marketing, as well as speaking at events held by ESOMAR, SCIP (Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals) and WiRE (Women in Research).
Prior to establishing Insight Narrator in 2012, Caroline spent 15 years working in market research, competitor intelligence and data analytics roles on the both supplier and client side, with companies as diverse as Masterfoods, Mitchells & Butlers and the Royal Mail Group. Whilst at Royal Mail, Caroline was responsible for establishing and leading a new team in the marketing services function to deliver market measurement models, econometrics, competitor intelligence, pricing and segmentation models to the business.
In her senior agency side role for Synovate/ Ipsos, Caroline held various leadership positions in both the UK and Australia and was responsible for motivating and coaching large teams of researchers and analysts to perform at their best and deliver real insights to clients across multiple sectors.
Head of Insight British Gas Residential Services
Georgina White is Head of Insight British Gas Residential Services, leading a team of analysts, consumer and competitor insight professionals. She is hugely passionate at putting the customer at the heart of an organisation to drive a successful and commercial outcome and is fortunate to lead a team of people who agree. Prior to British Gas, Georgina was Head of Consumer Insight at Capital One. Before discovering Insight, Georgina worked at Merrill Lynch where she was Head of Proposition Development team for their UK Mortgage Division. Outside of work, Georgina lives in south Bedfordshire with her husband and two dogs.
Global Analytics Academy Director, AIMIA
Jackie has more than 10 years’ experience in retail analytics and combines a
background in statistics with a passion for developing others. Following 5 years working
in supply chain and marketing analytics for Safeway UK, Jackie joined Nectar, the UK’s
leading coalition loyalty programme. In 2011, in response to business success and
the increasing demand for high quality analysts, Jackie launched AIMIA’s Analytics
Academy in the UK, and now leads AIMIA’s Global Analytics Academy.
Emma has 15 years experience across analytics, information design and data visualisation. She has led data driven teams at Capgemini, American Express and Tesco and is currently a freelance Data Visualisation Director. You can see her work and get in touch at www.egcosh.com
A highly resourceful, relationship driven career development coach with wide cross‐ sector experience. Sarah excels in supporting her clients to create greater career possibilities, helping them move forward with a clearer understanding of their unique platform of success and confidence, thus “creating the edge”. Her strength lies in her ability to maintain the human connection whilst facilitating business focused outcomes. She believes passionately that we all have the ability to overcome our inhibitors and that from within, we all have the potential to achieve if we are motivated and believe in ourselves.
Kate Ross Smith
Kate is an engineer who confesses to three major loves in her working life: puzzles, technology and being sneaky. Working with data is always about working out how to get the most elegant solution possible to tricky business issues from the technology available; a challenge that Kate steps up to every time! As a data scientist at Mango Solutions, she delivers analytics consultancy and training to a whole host of super imaginative customers who have an amazing thirst for learning. Specialising in helping customers define and secure their data architecture, Kate has the privilege of working with both Mango’s awesomely clever mathematical types who want R and Python to slowly take over the world, and our thoroughly brilliant data engineers who serve up complex technology as quickly as you can say “cloud computing”. As for what she means about “being sneaky”, you’ll just have to ask her.
Certified Analytics Professional
Nadine is an Institute of Management Science and Operations Research Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®, INFORMS), with over fifteen years experience developing strategy and teams to provide data solutions that have driven business growth and exceptional customer experience. Nadine’s career includes ten years in customer research and analytics focused roles at Apple, leading to Senior Analytics Lead within Apple Operations Decision Support. Nadine has recently set up Betsson Group’s Data Science team and held the Director of Insight role for the Group. Nadine achieved a B.A. Hons in Management Science and Information Systems from Trinity College the University of Dublin in 2000, a First Class Hons MBS in International Business from Waterford Institute of Technology and in 2014/15 completed with distinction a Coursera Data Science Specialization from John’s Hopkins University.
Director of Data Business partnering
Celia is a leading customer data specialist, managing the award-winning Guardian customer data management and strategy over the last 18 months. The emphasis is on promoting a reader-focussed culture, encouraging colleagues across departments to build audience needs into their decision-making. This enables the Guardian to continue driving value from readers during a challenging time in the publishing industry. Before joining the Guardian in 2014, she co-founded and managed a small but highly respected analytics agency, and has extensive experience across both traditional and innovative digital organisations, including Royal Mail and Skype.