Data Analysis Manager, Rail Delivery Group
Director, Data & Analytics, Nest
Christina Finlay is Director, Data & Analytics at Nest Corporation, which was set up in 2011 by the UK government to address the needs of companies who became legally required to auto-enrol employees in a pension scheme. Nest holds pensions for over 9 million members.
She leads enterprise data and analytics for the organisation, guiding it towards four strategic aims: holistically understand our business so we can continually improve decision-making, continually improve our ability to build customer value and engagement, ensure we manage risk and adhere to regulatory requirements, and get the most value from what we have through building and empowering a collaborative, agile research and analyst community.
Christina was previously Director of Data & Insight at the National Trust and Director of Insight and Planning at Hovis. Christina has worked in UK, Singapore, Canada and France, mainly focused on FMCG brands with companies like General Mills, Nature’s Path and FutureBrand.
Jessica C Simons-Boswell
Director of Engineering – Data, The Workshop
Jess is a Data professional who has now been working in data for over twenty years. She doesn’t like to say exactly how many years over, but her real ‘love affair’ with Data started with the first version of Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 (Although she does admit to dipping her toes into Oracle on floppy disks if pushed!).
In her career so far, she has covered a range of roles. Started as a Dba and worked her way through SQL developer, BI developer, technical manager, Data Solutions Architect, Data engineering manager and Director of Data engineering.
She has covered these roles across several industries from Telecoms to motorway services, to Insurance and currently online gaming. The mix of industries has also helped to expose her to a wide range of none-data related ‘challenges’ which have given her a wider viewpoint not commonly found in the field (Such as the impact of seabed trawling on the shortage and fragility of submarine telephony!)
Director of Product Management, PayPal
Seasoned Product Leader experienced in driving product strategy and leading cross-functional teams to deliver Internet Scale products/SaaS platforms for market leaders in the eCommerce, FinTech and Enterprise Software space, such as, PayPal, eBay, EMC, Informatica and CA Technologies.
Highly passionate about building product experiences to delight customers and defining strategies to increase adoption and engagement. Lead large cross-functional teams (UX, Product, Engineering, Compliance, Security teams) across the globe (India, US, Israel, China) to build and deliver impactful products. Proven track record of defining go-to-market strategies to launch version 1.0 products to the market.
Global Privacy Transformation & ED&I Lead, Unilever
Sukhdeep Randhawa has over 15 years of international work experience and is a lifelong student. Sukh has a passion for leadership, people and self-development. She is a qualified Accountant, Management Consultant, Transformation Professional, qualified NLP Practitioner, Coach, ED&I ambassador, strategic advisor and Mental Health First aider; and has recently completed a Building Organisational Cultures accreditation from Harvard business school and is currently training to become a mindfulness coach.
Sukhdeep has also been shortlisted as a finalist for 2 awards in 2021: Global Role Model of the Year by Women in GRC and Consumer Goods Businesswoman of the year by The Great British Businesswoman Awards.
She has held senior positions across industries including management consulting, financial services and fast-moving consumer goods. Her transformation experience spans all business functions and has also partaken in 2 international Post-merger integrations. She has a track record of unlocking value by changing behaviour and improving performance for both organisations and individuals on their transformation journey and understands the importance people development brings to operating a successful business.
Sukhdeep has been an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ambassador her whole life and believes in order to truly change we must embrace diverse thinking. She provides a safe space to have courageous catalyst conversations whilst at the same time providing guidance to organisations on their ED&I journeys and facilitates ED&I and unconscious bias training.
VP of Sales Operations, Precisely
Over the past 20+ years Jay has worked with Fortune 500 companies globally helping them unlock the potential of data and use it to understand and drive their key business metrics. Specifically for the last 5 years with Precisely and Infogix he has enabled customers with their data governance and quality programmes and in using data analytics to connect to specific business outcomes. Before that he spent 15 years with financial services, telecom, utility and retail customers helping them deploy SaaS products, enabling businesses to design, execute and measure proactive customer contact campaigns for a variety of marketing, customer care, and collection and payment processes.
EMEA Product Marketing Manager, eCommerce Vertical Products Lead, Meta
Senior Finance Analytics Manager, Sky
Yixiang sits on the board of Emergex, a biotech company developing T Cell Vaccine against CoVID-19.
Yixiang has 8 years’ experience working in finance management at Procter & Gamble and Sky. Prior to that, Yixiang worked in biomedical research for 6 years.
Senior Solutions Architect, HVR
Zulfikar leads the EMEA Sales Engineering team at HVR and serves as a strategic partner for prospects and customers embarking on their real-time data integration journey. Zulfikar possesses over 20 years of data integration experience. Prior to HVR, Zulfikar worked in similar roles at Pentaho and Oracle. He holds a degree in Business Information Technology from the University of Westminster.
Head of Finance Analytics, Sky
Senior Finance professional with 15 years of commercial finance experience; Expert in the field of big data and utilising advanced analytics to solve complex business problems.
Currently working as the Senior Finance Analytics Manger, covering the areas of proactive retention, target marketing, pricing strategy, planning and forecasting, and analytical capability development.
Data Engineering Manager – Analytics, Facebook
Melissa Savage, currently a Data Engineering Manager at Facebook, has over 15 years of experience in the field of analytics. Initially thinking she would be a math teacher, she ended up pivoting into data when she saw a job posting for a career with the Navy. Realizing the power that data held, she decided to make a career in data and has since spent time on all ends of the data spectrum – from engineering to analysis.
Solutions Engineer, Confluent
Principal Technologist, Pyramid Analytics
Ian has been active in the Analytics and BI space for more than 30 years in senior technical and marketing roles with large software vendors, system integrators and BI specialist consulting houses. His role with Pyramid Analytics includes introducing products to new markets, evangelising products and enabling new customers.
Head of Enterprise Data Integration Strategy, EMEA, Qlik
Ted is Head of Data Integration Strategy for EMEA at Qlik, supporting all parts of the business. Ted directly works with sales, marketing, alliances, and product management to support Qlik’s vision of accelerating business value through data. With over 20 years of industry experience, he is a leading spokesperson within the data integration space. Prior to his work in the tech industry, he obtained a BSc in Economics from the University of Kent.
UK and I Director - Systems Engineering, Pure Storage
Mike has 20+ years of experience in the data storage industry and is very proud to continue to represent Pure Storage, as he has for the past eight years. Before joining Pure, he worked with various data storage and data protection products in a variety of vendor and channel partner roles. Mike’s strengths and particular areas of interest include aligning the technical conversation with business outcomes and extracting value from data. He also holds a First Class MBA at Warwick University.
Irene Iriarte Carretero
Senior Data Scientist, Gousto
Irene is a Senior Data Scientist at UK recipe kit company Gousto.
She has been at the company for almost 5 years and has focused on using Data Science to help offer customers meaningful choices.
This has involved building products such as a recommendation engine and a menu optimisation algorithm.
Prior to joining Gousto, she completed her PhD in Computational Chemistry at Imperial College London.
She is also currently doing an MSc at UCL exploring the uses of Data Science in the Cultural Heritage field.