Big Data Analytics

5 November 2020

Business Design Centre, London



Previous Speakers

Julian Schwarzenbach

Chair, BCS Data Management Specialist Group

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 the 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

Head of Digital Finance & Supplier Rebates, 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.

Insurance case study



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.

Case Study



Steven Rushworth

Head of Aviation Analytics, TUI

Following a Master 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 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.