Conference Speakers

     
James Archer

James Archer
Business Analyst
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

James Archer is a former BA of the Year.  He used to be the events organiser of the IIBA UK Chapter and is one of the organisers of the BA Conference from its inception.  James is a practicing BA, consultant and trainer.

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Ewan Ashley

Ewan Ashley
Business Analyst
Centrica

Ewan Ashley is a Business Analyst at British Gas working within the Enterprise Business Analysis Team. He is especially interested in the development of business analysts, the value the role can bring to organisations, requirements reuse and enterprise architecture. Ewan has over ten years of experience in IT/IS projects, having worked as a developer, development manager and business analyst manager.

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Christine Ashton

Christine Ashton
CIO AMEA/ECA
BG Group plc

Christine Ashton joined BG Group as Regional CIO AMEA/ECA in August 2010.  BG Group is a leading player in the global energy market – a dynamic and growing oil and gas business with operations in more than 25 countries.  She is responsible for the global delivery of information services and the development of strategies and solutions that continuously improve the group’s ways of working. Leading the strategic transformation of business capability through IT is an area Christine has been working on for most of her career, primarily in the utilities and oil and gas sectors in both the public and private sectors.  Prior to joining BG Group, she led the Group Strategy and Technology group for Transport for London (TfL) - the £9billion body responsible for daily delivery of transport services across the Capital - including London`s major road network.  She was Chief Information Manager for the largest international division in Bp, running some of the world’s largest business process, logistics and technology infrastructures.  She is regularly asked to participate in industry, technology innovation and company advisory boards, and is a member of several professional forums. 

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James Bannerman

James Bannerman
James Bannerman Creative Services

James Bannerman is a ‘Creative Change Agent' who combines Creativity with Psychology to help businesses innovate, and to stimulate personal development. He has been a platinum-selling songwriter (ex-BMG and managed by Simon Napier-Bell), a freelance cartoonist (eg. Punch), he is trained in Clinical Transactional Analysis, and has an M.A. in English Literature from Edinburgh University. As a specialist in the ‘Creative Power of the Human Mind', he has worked with a wide variety of leading organisations as a partner in Innovation, such as British Airways, Orange, and Starbucks, helping senior management to picture the future, generate new ideas, and ultimately to think differently in order to perform more effectively in a rapidly changing world. In this respect he has worked with Edward de Bono (the creator of ‘Lateral Thinking') on the early stages of an innovative project, and lectured on several University MBA and Business Growth Programmes. More recently, he assisted scientists at the National Space Centre with creative problem solving on a Mission to Mars, and was consequently short-listed for a peer review panel for NASA.

James Bannerman is also the author of Genius! Deceptively simple ways to become instantly smarter (Pearson).

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Remco Blom

Remco Blom
Senior Consultant
BiZZdesign

Remco Blom is Senior Consultant at BiZZdesign. Following his business studies (specialization in Organization, Development and Design) at Radboud University Nijmegen, he worked in the fields of Business Process Management, Enterprise Architecture, Change Management and Business Development. Models, design and change have always been part of his work. As a consultant, he helps national and international organizations in various sectors e.g. media, education, (semi-)government and financial services to re-invent their business models and walk alternative paths. Also the road to implementation with an improved architectures and more agile processes is part of his engagements. In his work as consultant and trainer in Business Model Management, TOGAF, ArchiMate, lean etc. he always puts communication first. He is a regular speaker at conferences on architecture and BPM (e.g. Open Group, EAM, etc). Of course, you can follow Remco on twitter via @blomr.

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David Brindley

David Brindley
Heads of Analysis
NFU Mutual

David Brindley is the Head of Analysis at NFU Mutual, the Analysis team is made up of 45 permanent analysts and flexes to 60 with contractors. His task set by the CIO was to create a professional analysis service, ensuring that Analysis was at the heart of the critical business decisions. David obtained a degree in Banking, Insurance and Finance, David has spent 10 years in IT working for organisations such as Merrill Lynch, HSBC and Phones 4u.

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Alison Bulbeck

Alison Bulbeck
Business Analyst/Change Agent
GlaxoSmithKline

Alison Bulbeck has been a business analyst and change agent at GlaxoSmithKline since 2007, before which she was an associate on GSK’s IT Graduate programme.  Alison’s current role in R&D IT enables her to provide business analysis, process improvement and change services across a broad range of IT initiatives supporting R&D clinical processes.  She has chaired the R&D IT community of practice for Business Analysts and Business Consultants since 2006, and is a keen member of the IIBA.  Alison has a passion for the human-centric aspects of IT systems, hence her goal is to consider the impact of change on people’s job role and to partner with them to manage change.

Alison Bulbeck is currently reading for her Doctoral thesis at Brunel University which she is on track to complete in 2014.  Her domain of research is centred on human-centric impacts of Virtual Learning Environments (VLE) in global organisations. Alison is writing an academic research paper exploring the implementation challenges of an integrated VLE from an interpretivist perspective which will be published in summer 2012.  She will present her research at Brunel Business School's eLearning Web 2.0 Conference in June 2012.

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Tony Buzan

Tony Buzan
ThinkBuzan.com

Tony Buzan is the internationally renowned expert on the thinking process, creativity and innovation. He has been named as one of the world’s top 5 speakers by Forbes magazine, a list which includes Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev, and audiences regularly describe his sessions as “inspirational” and “mind changing”. As the inventor of Mind Mapping, described as the ‘Swiss army knife of the brain’ and used by an estimated 250 million people, he is the world’s foremost expert in Mental Literacy. On this subject, Tony has written over 100 bestselling books, translated into 150 languages and read by millions worldwide.  Tony Buzan is an authority on principles of learning, productivity and efficiency, and his consultancy has been sought by leading companies including: Microsoft, IBM, Walt Disney, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Barclays International, McLaren Technology, British Telecom, the Royal Mail, Goldman Sachs, Oracle, STABILO, BBC, BP, The Liechtenstein Global Trust, HSBC Bank.  Tony’s accolade as one of the world’s top speakers has been forged through the appreciation of his audiences, many of whom have described his seminars and workshops as “life-changing”. He has been lauded for his “complete mastery of his subject”, coupled with his engaging manner and “human touch”. Delegates have routinely praised Tony Buzan for his “energising, affirming and amusing” lectures which inspire and enthuse.

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James Cadle

James Cadle
Director
AssistKD

James Cadle has been involved in the management services field for more than thirty-five years, in roles ranging from organisation and methods, through IT development and most recently in business analysis.  He currently presents a range of courses in business analysis, project management and consultancy skills and consults with clients in these fields.  He is the co-author of several best-selling books on business analysis and project management and is a chartered member of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

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Chip Carey

Chip Carey
AVP Sales Engineering
Blueprint

Chip Carey is the AVP of Solutions Engineering for Blueprint, the leader in requirements definition and visualization software.  In this capacity, Chip and his team regularly consult with development organizations regarding their efforts to improve requirements elicitation, documentation, validation, and communication processes via automation.  Prior to Blueprint, Chip worked 10+ years for companies such as Borland Software (now MicroFocus), Starbase, and Technology Builders, Inc. all in the requirements definition and management arena.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire and resides with his wife and 2 children on the NH Seacoast (US).

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David Clarke

David Clarke
Chief Executive
BCS

David Clarke became Chief Executive of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, in May 2002 and is widely acknowledged as having transformed BCS into the customer-service oriented professional body for the IT and Communications profession it is today. During this time, the Institute has grown its membership from under 37,000 to over 70,000, over 20,000 of them Chartered IT Professionals, adding over 1,000 new members every month, and is one of the world’s largest IT examination institutes, running more than 30,000 examinations a month around the world. The BCS also is a very successful business, having more than doubled its revenues in the last five years. BCS is the founding member of the SFIA (Skills for the Information Age) Foundation and are founding members of the ECDL Foundation.  David started the BCS’s Professionalism in IT programme in 2002 which is at the core of many professional development and certification programmes today.  David was awarded an MBE for services to the IT Industry in the 2011 New Years Honours.

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Nigel Clarke

Nigel Clarke
Lead Business Analyst
American Express

Nigel Clarke is currently a lead business analyst at American Express: working on strategic planning and business capability/business architecture for the card rewards programs across 21+ International Markets.  He is also a co-chair for the internal UK community of practice for BA’s in Amex, and a keen member of the IIBA.  Nigel has a particular interest in analysis & requirements management practices and tools: including Use Cases & User Stories and Visualisation.

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Eric Cumberlidge

Eric Cumberlidge
Business Analyst Manager
NFU Mutual

Eric Cumberlidge manages a team of 10 analysts within NFU Mutual and is responsible for the delivery of the new business analysis framework. Eric's core philosophy is focussing the level of analysis contribution in proportion to the cost and risk of the solution. A master of technique from Business Vision through to process re-engineering and system definition in Use Case and UML. Eric obtained a degree in physics, and has spent 10 years working within Analysis.

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Joseph da Silva Joseph da Silva
Interim Head of Business Analysis
British Gas &
President
IIBA UK Chapter

Joseph da Silva is the author of “What is a Business Analyst…and why do I need one?” and has been a Business Analyst for over 11 years, working across industries including IT services, Telecommunications, Financial Services and Energy. He is President of the UK Chapter of the IIBA and is currently Interim Head of Business Analysis at British Gas; he is also a founder member of pragnalysis.com, a website offering completely free business analysis templates, software and guidance. He is a keen musician, runner and photographer as well as currently working on his second Business Analysis book.

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Lawrence Darvill

Lawrence Darvill
Certes Analysis Resources and
joint organiser of the UK BA Management Forum

Lawrence Darvill wears numerous hats within the Business Analysis field. He runs Certes Analysis Resources in a recruitment capacity and works with AssistKD in the provision of training solutions. Lawrence is joint organiser of the BA Management Forum which provides BA practice leads with the opportunity to share current thinking within the BA discipline.  He has advised on building role profiles and career development frameworks and is privy to the inner workings of over 100 BA teams in the UK. In addition he has charted the careers of many analysts and their progression into operational management and indeed board level appointments. Much of Lawrence’s findings have been published in the newsletter - “Analysts Anonymous” which is distributed on a quarterly basis as a free digest to the UK BA community. In sum his experience provides a very practical insight to industry wide accepted practice.

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Vicky Di Ciacca

Vicky Di Ciacca
Director
Be Positive Analysis Solutions

Vicky Di Ciacca is a Director of Be Positive Analysis Solutions and is passionate about Business Analysis and promoting best practice and knowledge sharing. She has over 15 years experience of delivering change as a BA, consultant and trainer. Vicky is currently working with the IIBA UK chapter to establish the Scottish Regional Events.

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Andrew Foley Andrew Foley
Senior Business Analyst
ITV

Andrew Foley is a Senior Business Analyst at ITV. He has over 10 years of experience in a wide range of business analysis disciplines. He has a leadership role within the ITV BA team: coaching the more junior team members and responsible for all analysis delivered into the broadcast systems domain area. Andrew has worked for a number of consultancies and technology companies during his career and has been at ITV since 2008.

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Tamsin Fulton Tamsin Fulton
Service Design Consultant
Fulton & Daughters Ltd

Tamsin Fulton is an independent consultant specialising in the co-design of public services. Through applying the principles of service design Tamsin models new services and new ways of working to deliver collaborative services efficiently, build capacity, embed innovative thinking and provide better services for the people using them.

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Andrew Gilbert Andrew Gilbert
Senior Business Analyst
Virgin Media

Andrew Gilbert is a Senior Business Analyst at Virgin Media in the Change Delivery Team. Over the past 7 years Andrew has developed a reputation for delivering business analysis to a high standard with particular interest in demonstrating that the value of the BA role is more than just a resource to capture requirements. One aspect of the SBA role which Andrew enjoys and takes seriously is to mentor and develop junior Business Analysts within Virgin Media.

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David Gillingwater David Gillingwater
University Fellow
NeuroOrg Consulting & Loughborough University

David Gillingwater is presently University Fellow at Loughborough, where he researches into organizational performance, soft computing and novel numerical methods. He has had a longstanding interest in transport operations and management. Together with Tom Gillingwater, he is a Director of NeuroOrg Business Consulting Ltd.

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Tom Gillingwater Tom Gillingwater
Professor of Neuroanatomy
NeuroOrg Consulting & Edinburgh University

Tom Gillingwater is presently Professor of Neuroanatomy at the University of Edinburgh. He has a longstanding interest in applying findings from the latest neuroscientific research to the study of organizations, having completed an MBA at Edinburgh. With assistance from Edinburgh BioQuarter and Scottish Enterprise, he launched NeuroOrg Business Consulting Ltd in 2010, where he is a Director.

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Lynda Girvan Lynda Girvan
Senior Business Analyst
UK Government

Lynda Girvan is an experienced Business Analyst with over 20 years experience in Government and Defence in both the UK and Australia. Lynda has worked in enterprise and strategic modelling and analysis through to product level consultancy and coaching and has solid experience throughout the product development lifecycle. Lynda has a portfolio of delivery success and understands the science behind achieving complex cultural and technological changes whilst improving business systems.  Lynda is a BCS examiner for Business Analysis and has spoken at numerous conferences within both the public and private sector on this subject.

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Denys Gobov Denys Gobov
Deputy Head of System and Business Analysis Dept
LLC Art-master

Denys Gobov has more than ten years of experience in the sphere of business analysis and combinatorial optimization. He is an author of 12 research papers. Denys has taken part as a lead analyst in number of large project: rail traffic management system, ERP-systems, government registers, elements of e-government. He has been involved in developing and implementing the procedure of requirement management, patterns of requirement specification and vision in LLC “Art-master”.

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Ben Goldacre

Ben Goldacre
Bad Science

Ben Goldacre is a writer, broadcaster and medical doctor, best known for his "Bad Science" column in the Guardian newspaper which examines the claims of scaremongering journalists, quack health products, pseudoscientific cosmetics adverts, and evil multinational pharmaceutical corporations, as well as wider themes such as the medicalisation of everyday life and the psychology of irrational beliefs. He has a background in medicine and academia, trained in Oxford and London, works full time for the NHS, appears regularly on radio and TV, and has written for publications as diverse as Time Out, the British Medical Journal, New Statesman and The Lancet, as well as writing and presenting "The Rise Of The Lifestyle Nutritionists" and "The Power of Placebo" in 2008 on BBC Radio 4.

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Keith Gordon

Keith Gordon
Principal
Gordon Blain Associates

Keith Gordon has been an independent consultant and trainer since retiring from the British Army in 1998.  Keith’s Army service culminated with leading the Army’s Data Management programme.  He was responsible for the policy, standards and procedures to manage data as a corporate resource across the Army.  Since retiring from the Army he has undertaken consultancy and training in Business Analysis and Data Management.   Keith is a UK delegate to Working Group 2 (Metadata) of the International Standards Organization Subcommittee for Data Management and Interchange (ISO/IEC JTC1/SC32), an examiner in Business Analysis and Data Management for the BCS, secretary of the Data Management Specialist Group of the BCS and a founder member of the UK Chapter of DAMA-I.  Keith’s book “Principles of Data Management: Facilitating Information Sharing” was published by the BCS in 2007.

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Colin Grace

Colin Grace
Methods Mentor
Waitrose

Colin Grace has over 20 years experience in software development from coding through analysis and project management. Colin gained this experience across many industries working for companies such as Lloyds Bank, Legal & General, Thorn EMI and British Airways. Over the last 11 years he has worked for the John Lewis Partnership. Initially as a project manager and then as a mentor, assisting projects and teams in the application of software development methodologies and project management approaches including Prince 2. He is a firm believer that the core challenges and principles of good software development and project management can be addressed via the application of structured approaches.

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Melanie Green

Melanie Green
Head of Business Analysis
UCAS

Melanie Green has over 15 years experience of business analysis across a range of industries including Management Consultancy, Merchant Banking, Financial Services, Fleet Management, Email Security and Service Provision.  For the past 10 years Melanie has led on and been involved in corporate and strategic change programmes including target operating models, corporate and customer strategies, product and service strategies and organisational change. Melanie is passionate about the BA profession – appreciating the undeniable value business analysis can bring to an organisation, and has been resolute in raising its profile within organisations she has worked for.

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Stephen Haarer

Stephen Haarer
Business Analyst
Lloyds Banking Group

Stephen Haarer is a lead business analyst working currently on the Lloyds Banking Group’s finance transformation programme. He has over 15 year experience of business analysis specialising in the implementation of finance systems, concurrently with over 20 years in retail banking. He is a qualified accountant with a special interest in how organisations optimise people, processes, and systems to deliver sensible solutions to business problems.

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Davina Hesmer

Davina Hesmer
Principal Consultant
AssistKD

Davina Hesmer has extensive experience in business analysis, business process improvement, systems analysis and project management. She has worked in a range of organisations in both the public and private sectors. Davina was an independent consultant for several years offering services in her specialist disciplines in particular business analysis, systems analysis and project management. She is a passionate advocate for business analysis and is an oral examiner for the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis.

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Kerrie Holley

Kerrie Holley
IBM Fellow - World Wide GBS CTO, Business Performa
IBM

Kerrie Holley, IBM Fellow, is the Global CTO for Application Innovation Services. His responsibilities include technical leadership, oversight, and strategy development, consulting and software architecture for a portfolio of projects around the world. He is also CTO for IBM’s SOA and Business Process and Service Optimization Center of Excellence.  IBM’s CEO in 2006 appointed Kerrie to Fellow, IBM’s highest technical leadership position. It is the highest honor a scientist, engineer, or programmer at IBM (and perhaps 'in the industry') can achieve.   IBM Fellows have invented some of the industries most useful and profitably applied technologies. Kerrie’s expertise centers around software engineering, software architecture, application development, business architecture, service oriented architecture, and cutting-edge network-distributed solutions. Kerrie is an author, IBM Master Inventor and holds several patents.  Mr. Holley has a BA in mathematics from DePaul University and a Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul School of Law. 

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Juliet Howard

Juliet Howard
Senior Analyst
John Lewis

Juliet Howard has spent her whole career in IT with the John Lewis Partnership.  During that time she has carried out various business and systems analysis,  project management and team management roles, both in the Corporate shared service division and for the last 11 years in the John Lewis Retail division.  She is currently working as a business analyst exploring ways of improving customer service by streamlining the administrative processes associated with the made to measure home furnishings business in John Lewis stores.

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Richard Johnston

Richard Johnston
Principal Consultant
Karona Consulting

Richard Johnston is an experienced business and IT consultant and has helped many organisations to improve their software development practices and to deliver better systems.  He has worked with project teams in a number of organisations, in a wide variety of business sectors, and has over 20 years of consulting experience with commercial and government organisations.  Richard and the team from Karona Consulting have played a leading role in the establishment of improved IT practices at John Lewis Partnership.

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Gillian Kilpatrick

Gillian Kilpatrick
Consultant Business Analyst
Be Positive Analysis Solutions

Gillian Kilpatrick is a Consultant Business Analyst with Be positive Analysis solutions and has many years experience in delivering change on projects in Financial Services. As well as delivery of Analysis, she has 'felt the pain' of poorly executed requirements during her time as both a Subject Matter Expert in a business team and as a test lead carrying out UAT.

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Ladapo Ladeji

Ladapo Ladeji
Data Management/Workflow Consultant
Shell Nigeria

Ladapo Ladeji has 18 years experience in IT business analysis and project management in a multinational setting. He has business analysis experience including determining IT requirements,  defining and implementing projects to address such requirements. He is currently involved in the implementation of enterprise software involving identifying business rules, as-is processes and defining ‘to-be’ processes.

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Emma Langman

Emma Langman
Progression Partnership

Dr. Emma Langman is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol's Centre for Systems Learning and Leadership. She is part of the founding research and teaching group of the new enquiry-based MSc in that subject. She is a director of Progression Partnership, where her 'day job' title is Change Magician. Emma specialises in applying the work of Deming, Ackoff, Scholtes and other leading thinkers in our field to practical issues facing organisations and society today. She graduated with a Masters degree in Civil Engineering in 1999 and has dedicated the last decade or so to business analysis and its relationship to organisational learning - including the use of systems thinking, performance management and asset management.

You can follow Emma on Twitter at  http://twitter.com/#!/@emmalangman  and http://twitter.com/#!/progpart

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Tony Mann

Tony Mann
Director
Resource Strategic Change Facilitators

Tony Mann has built up a reputation as being an effective facilitator who uses his expertise and skills to help organisations manage change in a participative way.  His Process Iceberg® methodology for business process improvement and change has been adopted by a wide variety of organisations and is now applied under licence in New Zealand and through a franchise in Poland. Tony has worked with all levels of management and has worked in organisations such as BASF and Peugeot in the UK and the IESE Business School in Barcelona. He is an accomplished speaker and yet he is able to adopt a low profile style when supporting groups as a facilitator. He has been involved in a wide range of change and facilitation interventions where the engagement of the stakeholder are crucial. His “Change Management Dashboard” is used by organisations to map the issues that are likely to emerge during change (projects).

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Alberto Manuel

Alberto Manuel
CEO
Process Sphere

Alberto Manuel is the CEO of Process Sphere and Vice President of Association of Business Process Management Professionals - Portuguese Chapter.  Alberto has over 10 years of hands-on experience helping companies to improve, redesign and implement business process, in order to become more agile and lean over and over again, working as a mentor, coach and consultant helping companies to reach successful outcomes.  Previously, he has worked in R&D of consumer goods products and improving manufacturing operations.

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Roger Mawle

Roger Mawle
Head of Business Analysis
ITV

Roger Mawle is Head of Business Analysis at ITV, the UK's largest commercial broadcaster. His team of 35 business analysts work on projects across ITV delivering the company's 5 year transformation plan. Roger joined ITV from Deloitte’s TMT consulting practice, where he specialized in target operating model design, business process analysis and change management. His project experience includes large scale transformation programmes at BP and the BBC.

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Martin Maya

Martin Maya
Director
BA Support Ltd

Martin Maya authors and delivers training material for business analysts. Having worked as both an internal business analyst and external consultant, he has experienced life both in the financial services and telecommunications sectors. Assignments delivered include business intelligence projects, implementing quality frameworks to writing training material covering stochastic modelling, amongst others. On days off, he enjoys spending time at the bottom of the sea! His favourite dive site being the west coast of Scotland.

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Lance Miller

Lance Miller
AVP, R&D Marketing
Teradata Corp

Lance Miller is Assistant Vice President, R&D Marketing, for Teradata where he is responsible for marketing all services. Mr. Miller's is a subject-matter expert in several areas of the software industry including: databases, data warehouses, decision support (DSS/EIS), data visualization, CRM, and very large database technologies.   Before joining Teradata, Lance was Chief Technology Officer (CTO), CIO, and VP, Software Development for Customer Insight Company, CIO for Woodward-Clyde, VP Software Development for Cray, and VP Software for Solbourne. Lance holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MBA (Strategic Marketing) from Chadwick University.

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Ian Mitchell

Ian Mitchell
Lead Business Analyst
Ability Engineering Ltd

Ian Mitchell has been a Business Analyst for more than 15 years, working mostly on telecoms and finance projects.  He also teaches and mentors project teams in how to use UML and the Enterprise Architect (EA) tool.  He has a particular interest in the 'multi-model' approach to business analysis, using a wide variety of models to understand the business.

Ian is also the designer of the eaDocX document generator for EA, which he developed to make his time working with clients more effective. He now focuses on helping BAs spend less time typing, and more time thinking.

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Chris Moran

Chris Moran
Principal Consultant
Karona Consulting

Chris Moran has over 20 years IT experience working for blue chip companies on a wide range of projects.  For the last 14 years Chris has specialised in project methods support, providing training and mentoring to project teams in a number of organisations, with a particular emphasis on analysis and the power of business and system models.  Chris's focus is firmly on business value first over technology.   Over the past 8 years, Chris and a team from Karona Consulting have been developing, rolling out and supporting new development processes at the John Lewis Partnership.

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John Niland

John Niland
Director
VCO Global Ltd

With 20 years of experience leading international projects - plus a decade of mentoring professionals to grow their reputation and make their services visible - John Niland is one of the co-founders of VCO Global. Usually known as a speaker and coach with Success 121, John has extensive European experience in consulting, accounting, FMCG, retail, technology and financial sectors. Author of “Hidden Value” and “100 Tips to Find Time”, John is passionate about supporting those who wish to contribute as well as to win. “Whether we like it or not, business is changing.  The economic crisis has heralded a new era, where we need “Contributing-Winners” who have the courage and the mindset of shared-success.”

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Debbie Paul

Debbie Paul
Managing Director
AssistKD

Debbie Paul, FBCS CITP, is the Managing Director of Assist Knowledge Development, a training and consultancy company specialising in business analysis, business change and solution development. She has extensive experience in all aspects of business analysis and business process improvement. Debbie jointly edited and wrote the best-selling BCS publication, Business Analysis, and is also the co-author of the BCS publication Business Analysis Techniques. Debbie is the BCS Chief Examiner for Business Analysis and is an accredited SFIA consultant. Debbie is a regular speaker at business seminars and is a founder member of the BA Manager Forum.

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Nicola Paterson

Nicola Paterson
Lead Business Analyst
Syngenta

Nicola Paterson has worked at Syngenta for over 10 years in various information management and IT roles.   In January 2009 she took on the role of building a global business analysis team in the research and development department of Syngenta.   Over the last 3 years Nicola and the team have built up a business analysis capability valued by both IT and scientific users.

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Stanislav Pelevin

Stanislav Pelevin
Head of System and Business Analysis Dept
LLC Art-master

Stanislav Pelevin has about ten years of experience in software development, system and business analysis, team management, decision support system.  He has participated in many software projects in different business areas such as: GIS, judicial area, agricultural area, e-gov, cadastral area etc.

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Catherine Plumridge

Catherine Plumridge
Senior Business Analyst
Specsavers

Catherine Plumridge is a Senior Business Analyst who happened upon a business analysis career at the MOD.  She evolved her skill set at Intel for 7 years working on a multitude of bespoke IT and ERP projects covering waterfall and agile approaches.  She currently works at Specsavers where she has worked in the supply chain area and is currently deep in a global CRM implementation.

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Jessica Powell

Jessica Powell
Business Analyst
Specsavers

Jessica Powell is a Business Analyst at Specsavers.   After graduating with a first class Psychology degree she completed the IT Graduate scheme, where she caught the passion for Business Analysis and progressed into her current role.  Jessica has worked on a variety of global IT projects, spanning retail, corporate and supply chain, working with both onshore and offshore business and project stakeholders.  She is passionate about the value of the BA role adds to an evolving organisation. 

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Penny Pullan

Penny Pullan
Director
Making Projects Work Ltd

Dr Penny Pullan works with people in organisations who are grappling with tricky projects: uncertain, with ambiguous requirements, disinterested stakeholders and often teams dispersed around the country or the world.   An experienced Business Analyst and Facilitator, Penny hosts the virtual BA Summit (www.basummit.com) in November each year, interacting with more than one thousand BAs all over the world. She is a Director of Making Projects Work Ltd. whose clients range from Rolls-Royce to Save the Children, the UK Government to Price Waterhouse Coopers and ESI. Penny holds a range of qualifications, including Certified Professional Facilitator. Penny's book, 'A Short Guide to Facilitating Risk Management', was published by Gower in 2011 and co-authored with Ruth Murray-Webster. Penny's previous roles include facilitating business change at Mars Inc, together with business analysis and project management roles in several other multinationals. You can follow Penney on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pennypullan.

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Adrian Reed

Adrian Reed
Lead Business Analyst
Skandia/Blackmetric

Adrian Reed is a Lead Business Analyst who is passionate about the analysis profession.  Adrian has a strong business analysis background, having worked on a wide range of strategic projects across a variety of business domains, geographies and technologies. He has built a reputation for creativity and innovation in his work and was a finalist for IIBA UK Business Analyst of the Year award 2010. He is a director of the UK chapter of the IIBA, and a member of the team that runs Pragnalysis.com (a site providing a free BA toolkit including templates).  Adrian is a true advocate of the analysis profession, and is constantly looking for ways of promoting the value that good analysis can bring.

You can read Adrian's blog at http://www.adrianreed.co.uk

You can follow Adrian on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/UKAdrianReed.

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David Reinhardt

David Reinhardt
UK Regional Delivery Manager
BSG (UK)

David Reinhardt is passionate about helping organisations effect meaningful change. He takes a customer-centric view of change projects, considering what the benefit of the change is on the end-user. He has a strong belief that delivering benefits is more important than completing project plans for the sake of the deadline and recognises that this sometimes make for uncomfortable conversations.

David has a particular interest in emerging technology with a particular focus on social media in the enterprise. He has a strong belief in the power of this technology to connect large (and small) teams and enable people to engage the knowledge and experience of their colleagues.  David currently runs BSG (UK)’s consulting operation. He has a background in business analysis and programme delivery. He has more than ten years experience in design and delivery of IT enabled change programmes having worked in consultancy in London, Johannesburg and Cape Town.  David can be found at @davereinhardt.

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Jacqui Robertson

Jacqui Robertson
Business Analyst
Syngenta

Jacqui Robertson has worked at Syngenta for many years in various roles as a chemist, chemical indexing officer and system support.   In 2009 Jacqui moved to a role as a business analyst in a newly formed team.   Since then Jacqui has worked on a number of key projects as a business analyst experiencing the many different ways of working of project managers, architects and offshore developers in a global environment.

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Melanie Rose

Melanie Rose
Business Analyst Team Lead
Totaljobs Group

Melanie Rose is the Business Analyst Team Lead at Totaljobs Group (TJG). She has more than ten years experience of delivering projects across print and digital media using both Waterfall (Prince 2) and Agile (Scrum) methodologies. Melanie steered TJG's Business Analysis team through the sometimes rocky terrain of the company’s transition from Prince 2 to Scrum delivery at the start of 2009 and, as the company seeks to continually improve and mature its Agile delivery model, Melanie works within TJG’s Technology Management Team to drive process improvement and people development across the IT delivery function. In recent months, Melanie has sought input from a range of people and organisations about their successes and challenges in adopting iterative working, in order to understand the ways in which the BA role and profile must evolve to deliver value within shorter feedback cycles.

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Cathy Snarey

Cathy Snarey
IT Services Business Analysis Lead
Ernst & Young

Cathy Snarey never intended to be a Business Analyst. She wanted to work in the glamorous world of fashion, but having spent the first few years of her career as a buyer in the Boy’s Trousers department of Marks and Spencer, she decided that the embryonic IT department might be more interesting.  Since then she has worked her way up through programming to program management with organisations such as Avis, Grand Metropolitan, WH Smiths, Computacenter and BG plc. before finally realising that her real passion lay in Business Analysis.  Having managed to convince Ernst and Young’s UK IT department of the value of Business Analysts, she is now a Global Champion for our discipline within the organisation , facilitating the professional development of Business Analysts, and working  with internal business analysis communities to provide innovative approaches to requirements elicitation and documentation, to improve the quality of business analysis deliverables.

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Robert Sprigge

Robert Sprigge
Business Analyst
Emergent Value

Over the past 25 years Robert Sprigge M. Sc. has taken varied roles as a freelance Business Analyst in many industries both commercial and public sector, this has enabled him to develop various techniques. He looks at each situation as being unique and considers an understanding of the context and history to be vital in deciding which investigation, decision and presentation tools to use. Robert is active in various discussion groups, and in the annual BA Summit, in challenging conventional Business Analyst thinking. As a ‘Systems Thinker’ he is a member of the UK Systems Society. For the past four years he has been a member of the Consultative Council of PCG –The voice of Freelancing.

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Sue Tan

Sue Tan
Chief Executive
Miragroup

Sue Tan has worked in Asia Pacific, North America and now UK/Europe for 30 years specialising in Programme and Change Management.  In each region she has set up consulting services providing support to both Government and Commercial organisations in all industry sectors.  She has a 'no nonsense' approach to change and also lectures for Cranfield University as an experienced practitioner of change.  Her approach to change and desire to help others improve their knowledge and skills is practical and well within the reach of any person responsible for making effective and efficient changes to their organisation.  Miragroup are a small team of Programme and Change Management specialists who have experience working with Government and Commercial organisations in Pacific Asia, North America and UK/Europe.  Most recently Miragroup have developed a series of capability workshops for Programmes, Projects, Business Analysis, Change Management and Project Management.  These workshops are used by Cranfield University, Civil Service and Commercial organisations.

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Sandeep Thandi

Sandeep Thandi
Business Analyst
British Gas

Since joining British Gas at the beginning of 2011 Sandeep Thandi has led the analysis phase to define the business requirements for a range of projects which have involved understanding our front and back office processes.  She has supported the creation of the British Gas Business Analysis Operating Model by helping to define the Services and Deliverables provided by the Business Analysis community.  Previously Sandeep joined ITV as a Business Analyst in 2006 and worked on their organisational efficiency programme. She produced detailed functional specifications, worked with globally distributed teams across the Software Development Lifecycle to implement and embed workflow solutions.  She worked within Structured Systems Analysis and Design and Rapid Application Development methodologies.

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Corrine Thomas

Corrine Thomas
Lead Capability Manager - Business Analysis
Virgin Media

Corrine Thomas has over 20 years of experience as an analyst across a range of industry sectors including Local Government, Healthcare, Telecommunications and Financial services. She is currently Lead Business Analysis Capability Manager with Virgin Media and is a certified trainer and Master Practitioner of NLP. She is passionate about developing the Business Analysis profession and coaching her team. In her current role she is growing and developing a large BA practice that provides business analysis to change programmes across many of Virgin Media’s business functions. Prior to this, she has spent many years based within IT teams working as an analyst on change projects where she has influenced the roles taken by the analysis teams.

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Paul Turner

Paul Turner
Business Development Director
AssistKD

Paul Turner FBCS is a Director of Assist Knowledge Development and Business & IS Skills. He specialises in the provision of training and consultancy in the areas of Business Analysis, Systems Development and Consultancy Skills. Paul has been involved with the IIBA UK Chapter since its inception and presented at the very first IIBA event in the UK, its first regional event and at various other conferences across Europe. He is a SFIA accredited consultant having contributed the skills components related to business analysis contained in the latest release of this competency framework. In addition he is co-author of the BCS book Business Analysis Techniques.

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Jan Vanthienen

Jan Vanthienen
Professor
KU Leuven

Jan Vanthienen is professor of information management at KU Leuven (Belgium), Business Information Systems Group, where he is teaching and researching on business rules and business intelligence, business analysis, information and knowledge management.  The area of business rules modelling and decision table modelling in business analysis has been his major area of research and expertise for many years.  He often presents for a business audience and received numerous recommendations for his highly practical style and relevant content of the presentations.  He is co-chair (with Ron Ross) of the World Congress on Decision Tables, involved in the OMG Decision Modelling & Notation (DMN) standard proposal, and passionate about the subject for decades.  

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Simon Ward

Simon Ward
Senior Business Consultant
Verizon Business

Simon Ward has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry and has worked for major consulting organisations across multiple industry sectors.  For the last 10 years he has worked in a variety of roles within Verizon’s IT organisation and was responsible for building up their business analyst practice in EMEA. His current role is as a senior business consultant within Verizon’s Network and Advanced Communications group. This involves defining and improving business process with Verizon’s most complex managed network outsourcing customers.  An evangelist for the benefits of good business analysis, Simon is always keen to share his experience with others.

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Andy Wilkins

Andy Wilkins
Perspectiv and Cass Business School

Andy Wilkins has more than 20 years' experience helping people, teams and organizations significantly improve their performance.  He has delivered more than 450 programs, workshops and coaching sessions for international companies in 11 countries. In 1997, Andy co founded Perspectiv, a research, consulting and training company specializing in the use of creative problem solving, strategy, leadership, and team development methodologies to help change and growth.  Before that, he worked for 16 years at international IT companies as director of innovation and change, business unit managing director and director of strategy and marketing.  Andy is also an Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow at Cass Business School in London on various MBA and MSc courses on innovation and management.  He is currently working with the Business School on the delivery of the new master's program in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership.  Andy is researching the leadership approach necessary for dealing with “wicked problems” to help organizations better understand how to get the most from their methods.

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Melanie Williams

Melanie Williams
Senior Analyst
John Lewis

Melanie Williams has 18 years experience in IT, the last 5 years at the John Lewis Partnership.  During her career she has experienced the full project life cycle within retail, insurance and the utilities industries.   Currently she is the delivery manager for the integration of the new ePOS solution for John Lewis; A critical system integration that has benefitted from the use of UML analysis. She is responsible for both the analysis and development of the integrated solution, managing both a team of analysts and a team of developers.

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