Big Data Analytics

7 November 2019

Business Design Centre, London




Julian Schwarzenbach

Chair, BCS Data Management Specialist Group/ Director, Data and Process, Advantage Ltd

Julian is a data evangelist with over 25 years’ experience in data management in a variety of contexts including water, rail, highways and petrochemicals. He is the originator of the Data Zoo concept, a unique exploration of the different generic behaviours people exhibit towards data and what drives these behaviours and regularly presents at conferences on data-related topics.

Julian is also Chair of the BCS Data Management Specialist Group and is a member of the BSI B/555, AMT/4 and MBD/1 committees covering standards development relating to data.

Dr Serge Plata

Principal Data Scientist, VF Corporation

Dr Serge Plata did his CME at Harvard University and his PhD at Imperial College London; he is a certified Six-Sigma Black Belt and was awarded a fellowship at the Institute of Mathematics in the UK; he is a chartered mathematician and a chartered scientist from the UK Science Board, and has published books like “Visions of applied mathematics” and “Homeomorphic dynamics”. He has led data science programmes at a senior level for more than 10 years in businesses that go from FTSE100 companies to SMEs and start-ups. Currently, he is the chief data scientist at SIP Consulting based in Switzerland and he is a member of the board of trustees at the Institute of mathematics in the UK.

Anna Russell

SVP Sales Enterprise Security EMEA, comforte AG

EMEA VP of Enterprise Sales for comforte AG – Anna has over 20 years in the security industry and has helped some of the largest organisations in the world to successfully execute enterprise-wide security transformation projects. Her proven track record shows that she knows how to deliver value to her clients as a trusted advisor continually.

For the past five years, Anna has focused exclusively on helping companies harness the full potential of the new data-centric security model.

Anna can often be found at security events or working with large enterprises across EMEA evangelising her firm belief that a data-centric approach to security is the only way to truly keep a company’s data safe in today’s digital society where data privacy matters more than ever before.

Dr Katherine James

Head of Data Science, Royal Mail Group

Katherine James is the Head of Data Science at Royal Mail, where she leads a team of 20 data scientists working on a wide variety of projects including forecasting, vehicle route optimisation, workload planning and AI for operational managers. Her background is in statistical genetics, and she completed a PhD in the genetics of HIV-2 infection at Oxford in 2014.

Following a short Post-Doc in Kumamoto in Southern Japan, she returned to the UK and entered the industry as a data scientist in the Know Me team at British Airways. She was responsible for building a recommender system for email personalisation, which went through successful A/B testing and formed the basis for destination personalisation to over 4 million customers. She has been at Royal Mail since 2016 and alongside her day job is a passionate advocate for women in Tech, mentoring several early career data scientists and regularly blogging and speaking about how to increase diversity in tech teams at internal and external events.

Dario Maddaluno MBA

Senior Solutions Architect, EMEA, Neebo

Dario has more than 12 years’ experience in enterprise software, including start-up’s, leading consultancy teams and pre-sales.

Being a technology enthusiast, he has gained experience of working across various industries, including the Finance sector, Telco and Professional Services, providing strategic solutions to organisations to improve their competitiveness and profitability.

In 2016, having achieved his MBA, he moved towards the pre-sales area, currently playing a significant role within Neebo for EMEA, providing data analytics insights to data-driven businesses, and improving their workflows and ROI.

Dan Kilsby

Director of Data, Saint-Gobain

Dan Kilsby has eight years of experience working in extremely different environments, from manufacturing to retail. His international expertise ranges from Brazil & India to Coventry! Kilsby had a rapid career progression from an accounting background; he is now heading up data functions and leading digital transformation across organisations.

Mark Bendall

Lead Program Architect (Technology), Enstar Group

Mark has more than 18 years’ experience designing and implementing IT solutions, including several years at lead architect level.
Specialising in data and effective in enterprise data and solutions architecture roles, Mark is adept at defining strategy, roadmaps, frameworks and design patterns.

Justyna Owczarek

Head of Data - Delivery, The Telegraph

Justyna leads Data Organisation at The Telegraph. She runs all aspects of data management across TMG, from engineering to insights. She drives outcomes to ensure the company achieves and exceeds its goals.

Working with small, highly focussed teams Justyna fosters true collaboration, creating a sense of ownership, and working in partnership with all areas of the organisation. Justyna joined the Telegraph in 2017 from MEC (Wavemaker) where she led the rollout of Ad analytics tools across EMEA and managed product development teams.

Wellbeing is fundamental to Justyna and, in her spare time, she loves kitesurfing, diving, playing squash and unwinding by cooking for friends and family.

Lynda Partner

VP Marketing and Analytics, Pythian Services

Lynda Partner is a self-professed data addict and experiences the power of data every day as Pythian’s Vice President of Marketing and Analytics-as-a-Service.

The author of Pythian’s Love Your Data mantra, Lynda understands very well how data can transform companies into competitive winners. She is the co-author of Designing Data Lakes in the Cloud and was named to the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada list in 2014 by the Executive Women’s Network.

Lynda holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa.

Natasha Richards

Data Insight & Analysis Manager, Macmillan Cancer Support

Natasha is a Data and Analytics Leader skilled in building and developing teams to deliver analytical solutions and communicate insights to help internal and external clients make data-driven decisions. With a decade of experience gained building and embedding analytic strategies in many sectors, including charities, retail and loyalty she is passionate about extracting insights from data to understand business challenges and shape key decisions, delivering impact and value.

She has been at Macmillan Cancer Support since 2018 and is passionate about EDI in the workplace, enrolling as an EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) champion for the Institute of Fundraising recently to support their message on change collective. In her spare time she is currently renovating her house so spends lots of time picking out tiles, flooring and other house furniture.

David Leichner

CMO, SQream

David has over 25 years of marketing, and sales executive management experience garnered from leading software vendors including Information Builders, Magic Software and BluePhoenix Solutions. Some of his previous roles include VP of Cynet, holistic security solutions, VP of Gilat Satellite Networks and VP of International Sales and Business Development for Dynasec, which was acquired by Checkpoint.

At SQream, David is responsible for creating and executing its marketing strategy and managing the global marketing team that forms the foundation for SQream’s product and market penetration.

Tom Cronin

Head of Data Science & Data Engineering, Lloyds Banking Group

Tom is the Head of Data Science and Data Engineering within Lloyds Banking Group, the largest retail bank in the UK where he originally joined as a Credit Risk Analyst. Today, Tom leads a group of over 50 (and counting!) pathfinders and trailblazers across the disciplines of Machine Learning, Data Engineering and Software Development, delivering ground-breaking AI products and services to Lloyds Banking Group’s colleagues and customers.

Tom is a strong advocate of Diversity in Data Science as well as actively supporting Mental Health and Neurodiversity initiatives. Outside of work, Tom is a keen photographer, traveller and owns far too many board games.

Mohammad Mesgarpour

Head of Data Science and Research, Microlise

Dr Mohammad Mesgarpour has led a team of PhD-level data scientists and researchers at Microlise since 2017. Mohammad also manages several high-profile R&D projects with universities and other business partners. Prior to this, Mohammad acted as a Research Associate at the University of Nottingham and as a Technical Research Analyst at Microlise. Mohammad received his PhD in Mathematics-Operational Research from the University of Southampton in 2012.

Microlise telematics, real-time journey management and proof of delivery solutions support local and global organisations to unlock profitability, strengthen safety, efficiency and compliance and reduce environmental impact. Operating for over thirty years, Microlise is privately-owned and proudly holds two concurrent Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. Based in Nottingham in the UK, with offices in Europe, India and Australia, Microlise supports 14 of the UK’s 15 largest retailers as well as JCB, MAN Truck & Bus UK and Tata Motors.

Gilles Bexon, IT Manager Cognitive Search and Secure Data & Laure Seux, Project Manager SI

Société Générale

Gilles spent more than 15 years at Société Générale. Gilles holds a Master in Engineering from School ESIEA (Engineering school). As IT Manager – Gilles is leading Cognitive Search (including Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence), Secure Data Management (Confidential data sharing, dematerialisation).

Laure is an Analyst Programmer, she holds a degree from CESI Normandie in France.

Steven Rushworth

Head of Aviation Analytics, TUI

Following a Masters in Operational Research over 20 years ago, Steven Rushworth has held several analytics positions at British Airways, Thomas Cook and TUI.  He has supported both the operational and commercial sides of these businesses and has specialised in workforce optimisation and yield management.  Rushworth rejoined TUI in the summer to take up the role as Head of Aviation Analytics where he leads a small team developing analytic solutions that support the five airlines across the TUI group.

Previous Speakers

Sophie Talbot

Director of Project & Data, Groupe Casino

Sophie Talbot is Director of Project & Data at the Purchasing centre of Groupe Casino, based in France. Her goal is to find ways to leverage data and help to boost purchasing performance. She enjoys meeting and working with people from all backgrounds and walks of life.

Graduated from HEC Paris Business school, with a major in Finance, Sophie is also passionate about wine and gained a Sommelier diploma from the Wine University, South of France. She has 11 years hand-on business experience in Food Retail, at Casino Group, with leadership roles in Financial communication, Planning & Strategy, Pricing, International Controlling, Wine Purchasing, and Data. She also worked 2 years abroad for the Business Unit of Casino in Vietnam, leading the Sales & Performance development department.

Sophie’s LinkedIn Profile 

Noel-Ann Bradshaw

Operational Research Specialist, Sainsbury’s Argos

Noel-Ann is Vice President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).  She is currently working as a Supply Chain Operational Research Specialist and Data Scientist for Sainsbury’s Argos. Prior to this she was a Faculty Director of Employability and mathematics lecturer at the University of Greenwich.  She is keen to help facilitate more partnerships between universities and industry to increase knowledge and use of talent in mathematically-related industries.

Ifty Bukhari

Head Of Development & Architecture (Digital Assets) ,Corporate & Institutional Digital


Bas Geerdink

Technology Lead, ING

Bas is a programmer, scientist, and IT manager. At ING, he works as Technology Lead in the global innovation centre. His academic background is in Artificial Intelligence and Informatics. He has a background in software development, design and architecture with a broad technical view from C++ to Prolog to Scala. He is a regular speaker on conferences and informal meetings, where he brings a mixture of market context, his own vision, business cases, architecture and source code in an enthusiastic way towards his audience.

Flavio Pereira

Senior Analyst, Customer Analytics Marketing


Martin Squires

Director Data, Insight & Analytics, HomeServe

Selected for the last 4 years as a member of Data IQs Big Data 100, described as “the definitive list of industry leaders with the furthest-reaching influence, greatest responsibility, meaningful experience and groundbreaking knowledge in data and analytics, from customer insight through to big data”, I am a highly experienced customer & marketing analytics professional, with 25 years of experience helping blue-chip organisations drive value from building a deeper understanding of their customers.

I specialise in developing organisations customer insight & analysis capabilities. In particular, I bring expertise in:

– Evolving business requirements for analytical solutions, working hand in hand with IT teams to deploy the right technical infrastructure and tools
– Recruiting and developing world-class analytical teams
– Developing the business processes to use analysis & insight to drive increased customer focus and return on investment.

Amy Balmain

Head of Data Exploitation, Southern Water

Amy is Head of Data Exploitation and Southern Water having previously worked in Retail, Banking, the Public Sector and Consultancy leading work on data warehousing, master data management and analytics over a range of technology platforms.  Her current responsibilities include analytic and data science functions at Southern Water.  In 2015 she worked with Dr S Wakeling, Dr P Clough (both of Sheffield University) and J Wyper on original research into Graph Literacy and Business Intelligence which was later published by TDWI.