Speakers List - Big Data & Analytics Summit


Dr Natalia Konstantinova

Lead Software Engineer (R&D)

First Utility

Natalia Konstantinova is a great enthusiast with over 10 years' experience in the application of Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, IT and machine learning technologies to real world problems. She got her PhD from the University of Wolverhampton and worked in various fields such as machine translation, ontologies, information extraction and currently dialogue systems and chatbots. She is currently Lead Software Engineer in the R&D department of First Utility, the UK's largest independent energy provider, supplying gas and electricity to around one million UK homes.

Natalia is still participating in academia by serving as Associate Editor of the Cambridge Journal of Natural Language Engineering, collaborating over research papers and organising conferences and workshops. She is a strong believer that modern technology can transform businesses and our everyday lives.

Dr Jamie Shiers

Data Preservation Project Leader


Jamie Shiers is currently Leader of the Data Preservation for Long-Term Analysis in High Energy Physics (DPHEP) project that involves all of the major (HEP) laboratories and experiments worldwide and collaborates actively with other disciplines. DPHEP is focusing on solutions to long-term exa-scale data preservation: data-related standards are clearly of key importance.

Jamie has been involved for many years in a large scale data management, object and relational database systems and services, distributed application design, implementation and support as well as many operations and services. Recently, he was involved in hardening the Worldwide Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid (WLCG) services that helped scientists to turn data into discoveries in record time, using peta-scale distributed resources.

Jamie has experience in a variety of standardization activities, including those directly related to data (the object data management group and the IEEE storage systems working group) as well as computer languages (ISO/IEC JTC1/SC22/WG5 - Fortran).

Gael Decoudu

Head of Data Science

Shop Direct

Gael is a seasoned global leader in analytics and data science with 20+ years of experience. He has a solid track record of combining a strong business sense with analytical expertise and result focus to deliver significant value. He has demonstrated high adaptability thorough his career, having lead several multicultural and multifunctional teams across the world, directly and remotely in various industries (financial services, banking, e-commerce), in high growth and mature environments alike.

Gael's deep expertise covers a wide range of analytics applications ranging from credit risk to marketing, customer and web analytics, X-selling and pricing. He has a solid track record of enabling quantifiable improvements by developing teams, bringing technical innovation, improving processes or instilling rigour.

Gael is currently Head of Data Science at Shop Direct. Shop Direct, which operates digital department stores such as Very, Littlewoods, Littlewoods Ireland and Very Exclusive, is the UK's second largest Pure Play Etailer and has been recognised as Etailer of the year three years in a row.

Dr Nicholas Williams

Big Data & Machine Learning Senior SME

Lloyds Banking Group

Nicholas Williams is Machine Learning Senior Subject Matter Expert (SME) within Information Management at Lloyds Banking Group, the UK's largest financial services' group. He has helped shape the bank's strategy and operating model in this artificial intelligence space. His work focuses on leveraging Big data technology to harness the power of machine learning at an enterprise scale. Nicholas holds a PhD in Mathematics and has worked as a university researcher in the UK and Germany.

Jude Mc Corry

Head of Business Development

Tha Data Lab

Jude Mc Corry is Head of Business Development at The Data Lab, responsible for all collaborative innovative projects and community building around data science. She has over 15 years experience in sales and marketing in the Technology Sector working with b2b and public sector, for companies like Dell, Firefly Communications and Xnet Data Storage.

Jude has also worked in academia at Edinburgh Napier University, where she set up their commercial arm - The Edinburgh Institute, providing leading edge, practice-based executive education to Scottish executives.

Paul Pardoe

Business Architect

BGL Group

In his current role as Business Architect for the BGL Group, Paul has to work closely with the CIO to help shape the Group's technology strategy, with an emphasis on both ensuring emerging technology trends are considered, as well as identifying technology options to support the Group's business objectives.

Paul facilitates the Group's Data Capability Forum, which brings together senior stakeholders from across the Group's businesses with the remit of ensuring that value from data is being maximised. The Forum tracks Return on Investment from data on behalf of the Group's Executive Board and promotes innovation and collaboration in the data space.

Prior to joining BGL Group in 2014, Paul was Senior Business Analyst with over 10 years' experience, delivering solutions to meet business requirements, with his previous 6 years spent with the Metropolitan Police Service.

Dr Miranda Chong

Data Science Manager

Rank Group Plc

Miranda joined Rank Group, which is the UK's largest multi-channel casino and bingo operator, in October 2015. She was one of the first new kids in the block who pioneered data science for a traditional business. She has been working on customer propensity models, casino table optimisation, and topic and sentiment analysis. Prior to joining Rank, Miranda worked in a mobile marketing company and a start-up mobile apps tracking and analytics company as Data Scientist.

Miranda has a Phd in Computational Linguistics, an interdisciplinary field that involves Natural Language Processing (NLP), machine learning, computer science as well as mathematics and statistics. She has extensive experience in sentiment analysis, pattern recognition, and semantic similarity detection.

Dr Redouane Boumghar

Research Fellow in Data Science for Space Operations


Dr Redouane Boumghar is Research Fellow at the European Space Agency Operations Center, based in Germany (ESA/ESOC). His previous experience includes almost ten years working for the satellite imagery industry integrating artificial intelligence processes. He has a PhD in Robotics and Embedded Systems and makes extensive use of information entropy for multi-robot cooperative navigation in unknown environment. Entrepreneur and lean startup advocate, he supports different startups in their early creation process. Redouane now develops machine learning techniques for different space missions and is part of the Data Analytics team for Operations in the Advanced Mission Concepts section of ESOC.

Dr Rick Robinson

Director of Technology


Dr Rick Robinson is Director of Technology for Amey, one of the UK's largest providers of public and regulated services and infrastructure. In this role, Rick is responsible for driving advances in digital technology into public services and infrastructure that are used by about 1 in 4 people in the UK every day. Previously, Rick was Executive Architect for Smarter Cities for IBM. Rick collaborates with a network of technology entrepreneurs, universities and social institutions to explore innovations in digital technology, and has advised the UK Government and United Nations on their impact on infrastructure, communities and society. Rick is a fellow of the British Computer Society, a fellow of the RSA, a member of the Academy of Urbanism, a member of the Board of Innovation Birmingham and Birmingham Science City Alliance. He founded and chairs the Birmingham Smart City Alliance.
Rick writes about his work at http://theurbantechnologist.com/

Scott Krueger

Data Architect


Scott is an experienced data professional with a focus on internet economy challenges with over 15 years of experience. Not the one to stand still, his current position as Skyscanner's Data Architect allows him to focus on the exciting technical and business challenge of turning terabytes of daily real-time data into meaningful information. Distributed data platforms, stream processing, automated decision making - these are very exciting times for us, data nerds.

Scott is obsessed with life-sytle automation so more of his free time can be spent doing things that should never be automated.

Carolyn Stebbings

Senior Vice President Data & Technology Solutions


Carolyn heads up the Data and Technology Solutions business at RAPP UK. Along with her team, she helps clients optimise the first party data that they have, in order to deliver a more relevant customer experience - be that through debunking ingrained myths and next-best-action modelling, to ideal state technology stack consultancy and implementation. She practices yoga at 5.30am each weekday as her 'me time' believing you are as young as your spine is flexible.

Tom Kennedy

Global Head of Analytics

Thomson Reuters

Tom Kennedy is Global Head of Analytics at Thomson Reuters, he oversees the provision of analytical services needed for trading, investment, risk management and compliance. Having worked in Finance and Supply Chain industries for the past 15 years, Tom has developed key expertise in real-time, time series and graph based analytics.

Thomson Reuters is a key provider for real-time and non real-time content to the financials services industry. Its real time network (Elektron) distributes millions of updates per second to customer applications. Leveraging key platforms, Tom has built new businesses in the area of Quantitative Analytics with a key focus on streaming analysis. The analytics can be predictive, leveraging machine learning techniques, or descriptive, taking advantage of powerful in-memory and historical database platforms. Tom has been involved in setting up visual analysis platforms to support data mining, decision support and analysis.

Tom believes that the finance services industry has been one of the early adopters for leveraging Big Data analytics across technology, engineering and data science.

Tristan Iles

Solution Development Manager


As Solution Development Manager for Honda of the UK Manufacturing in Swindon, Tristan is responsible for implementing new technology across the plant to ensure it is as productive, efficient and safe as possible.

Tristan's recent projects include implementing Internet of Things technology to analyse process efficiency; creating mobile apps for Honda associates; significantly increasing system availability to allow greater production at the plant; and modernising a large number of legacy applications.

Dr Jelena Isachenkova

Technical Project Lead


Jelena started her career in research and has a PhD in the Applied Security field, where she worked on spam & scam campaign identification by applying machine learning and graph theory algorithms. Later on, she moved from research to working as Data Engineer in Big Data, handling hundreds of terabytes of user activity data in Badoo. Her passion for challenging data problems, pragmatic approach on working with huge user datasets, and value of transparent analytics drives her today as Technical Project Lead of the product team.

John Kundert


Financial Times

John Kundert as FT's Chief Technical Officer (CTO) is responsible for leading the technology strategy across the development and operations teams.In his previous role as Director of Platforms, John was instrumental in establishing the FT's data platform, which forms the backbone of an award-winning set of data capabilities. More recently, he held a wider cross platform role, extending his reach to universal publishing and membership. As CTO, John oversees all areas of technology, ensuring that technical strategies and solutions are aligned with business needs and vision.

Dr Huseyin Seker

Director of Enterprise and Engagement

Northumbria University

Huseyin is a data scientist and explorer with specific interests in inter-disciplinary applications of machine learning methods and statistical strategies in knowledge discovery from very high-dimensional data. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and established a special session "Bringing Big Data to its Knees" at IEEE EMBC (Osaka, 2013; Chicago, 2014; Milan, 2015; Florida, 2016). Huseyin is currently Reader in Computer Science and Director of Enterprise & Engagement within the Department of Computer and Information Sciences of the University of Northumbria in Newcastle, where he also leads Big Data analytics research team. Among his projects, Huseyin has recently started working on two industrial Big Data projects (funded by InnovateUK-KTP) in collaboration with GE PII Oil and Gas Ltd and Lucion Environmental Ltd. Huseyin is also a member of Creative Fuse North East project funded by European Regional Development Fund and Arts and Humanities Research Council, where he is investigating how data science can help increase our innovation capacity. In addition to his academic roles and research projects, Huseyin is an Advisory Board member of the North East Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence, a Steering Group member of Digital Catapult North East and Tees Valle, and a member of the CyberNorth Initiative.

Omar Khan

Data & Technology Director


Omar is a technology leader with 13 years' experience, he has a proven track record of successful delivery of BI projects, both in an advisory and solution delivery capacity; bringing in strong mix of both technical and consulting skills. His experience covers the end-to-end lifecycle of innovation and development projects, from high-level strategy and business case through to architecture, design and delivery.

Omar is a part of Technology Leadership team within the company helping clients and internal teams utilise all the opportunities provided by data. This includes being heavily influential in helping develop MEC products and tools, liaising with data providers and technology companies, and being the global lead. Typically, the projects and work he gets involved in centre around insight, targeting or measurement.

Omar is responsible for driving the programmatic agenda and integrating all MEC's media data to provide better targeting, buying decisions & live reporting for the clients. This involves looking at how different data sets can drive deeper insights for campaigns performance increase.

Michael Pollett

Data Engineer


Michael is a part of the engineering team making up - Skyscanner's Data Tribe - "building the largest distributed system that Skyscanner will ever build." The team focuses on delivering real-time data throughout the businesses powering day to day engineering through to the financial tracking. The debates of streaming vs batching are never ending and are always inconclusive!

Outside of work, Michael's life continues with having day to day arguments with various home automation devices and coaxing them into behaving; real-time pipelines don't just exist at work.

Tom Dalglish

Head of Technical Services, Applied Innovation


Tom is Global Head of Technical Services for Applied Innovation at HSBC. With over 25 years of success in deploying global systems and infrastructures, he is a recognized expert in financial systems with a reputation for delivering quickly.

A passionate believer in building tightly-integrated teams, he describes himself as a well-rounded, hands-on computer scientist with a tenacious drive for deploying systems under challenging conditions. A known technology disruptor, Tom previously ran various enterprise transformation efforts at Bear Stearns, J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch and UBS prior to joining HSBC last year.

Outside of work his interests include music, skiing and DIY. He recently began singing with the London Philharmonic Choir and has a Jazz and Blues band which performs regularly in South West London.

Peppa Wise

Senior Account Manager


Peppa Wise is Senior Account Manager at Darktrace, operating predominantly across the UK. She has hosted numerous speaking functions in this role, including technical demonstrations of Darktrace's ‘Immune System' software. Previously, Peppa was one of the first two members of the Darktrace Middle East team, spending a year launching the innovative technology in this new region. She has experience working with clients within the public and private sector, and now specialises in managing strategic accounts. Peppa holds a First Class Honours BA in Italian and English Literature from the University of Cardiff.

Kaspar Gering

Data Scientist


Having started his career in one of the biggest Scandinavian banks as an analyst and being invovled with various ETL and data modelling tasks, Kaspar is currently working on implementing machine learning algorithms in production at TransferWise, as well as taking care of general data pipelining tasks across various teams and domains in the company. Kaspar also has a solid background in finance & economics, as well as software design, architecture, and database solutions.

Dr Kevin Findlay

Former IT & Digital Board Director

Complete Cover Group

Kevin is a CIO with experience in insurance as Board Director in a PE backed insurer (CCG), media (DigitalTheatre/MacMillan) and e-commerce retail (Waitrose.com). He has worked in both large corporates and earlier stage private equity backed companies/startups. Prior to this he spent 10 years as a developer followed by 9 years doing M&A strategy consulting with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has a PhD from Edinburgh University in Stereo Machine Vision.

Kevin's current work on data analytics has been focused on establishing a pricing data science team with Complete Cover Group and getting annoyed at the cost of managed storage services.

Marcus Atkinson

Product Analyst


In the past, Marcus has worked creating CFD models in the nuclear industry and running a company in LegalTech. He is now part of TransferWise's virality team, in this role he uses data to target routes of scalable growth that the rest of the team can act on.

Tom Heath

Data and Systems Architect


Tom is Data and Systems Architect at Arup and Service Lead for Data Analytics in the company's Digital business. He has many years of experience in data science, data engineering and web technologies, which he uses to develop valuable insights for Arup clients. Tom's experience spans the research, enterprise, and start-up sectors, and he is internationally recognised for his work in the field of Linked Data. He holds a BSc in Psychology and a PhD in Computer Science.

Robert Tulloch

Director European Hospital Products

DRG Decision Resources Group

Prior to the acquisition by DRG, Robert was Technical Director of Walnut Medical. The company collected, processed and published detailed information about medical markets in Europe. Walnut Medical's reporting and analytics solutions are built upon a range of both publicly available and proprietary data sources and methodologies, providing customers access to European procedure volume data and a hospital registry database, both down to the facility level. Robert Tulloch together with Kimmi Crosby started Walnut Medical about 20 years ago.

Prior to founding Walnut Medical, Robert worked at PA Technology, Mars and General Electric, after graduating from Manchester University.

Peter Gothard

Technology Analyst

Incisive Business Enterprise IT

Peter is Technology Analyst at Incisive Business Enterprise IT, focusing on CIO-level IT topics by running end-user and wider industry focus groups, writing white papers and reports, as well as delivering seminars and keynotes on these findings.

Previously, Peter was a journalist and Editor at Computing, V3 and The Inquirer for five years, specialising in Big Data analytics, cloud technology, HCI and endpoint as well as government digital policy.

Graeme Burton

Incisive Business Enterprise IT

Incisive Media

Graeme Burton, Group News Editor at Incisive Media, works across a portfolio that includes Computing, V3 and The Inquirer. A business journalist with 20 years of experience in national press and magazines, he has written for and about industries as diverse as utilities, banking, information and knowledge management, as well as almost all aspects of IT. At Computing he has written about mobile, computing security, data centres, operating systems as well as enterprise hardware and software. He also presents online webinars, roundtables and interviews, and is a frequent contributor for CNN.

The Chair

Stuart Sumner

Editorial Director

Computing, V3 and The Inquirer

Stuart Sumner is Editorial Director of Incisive Media's technology-focused titles: Computing, V3 and The Inquirer. He oversees all content across print, web, tablet editions, rich media and events - including the IT Leaders' Dining Club and Computing Summits. During Stuart's tenure Computing has transformed from a print-reliant business to a bleeding edge multi-channel brand with an industry-leading events portfolio. Previously he spent 10 years as a programme manager in the IT industry, working for companies such as the BBC, COLT, Nortel Networks and Equant. As a journalist he has also worked for Time Out and IPC Media. He is a regular technology pundit and contributor to the BBC News Channel, as well as a published author.