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The 2016 Finalists

Ragu Avinasilingam

Ragu is a Lead Business Analyst working with Lloyds Banking Group. He is a seasoned professional, with more than ten years of experience in IT. He has held a variety of roles in the IT industry and worked in various business sectors. Ragu manages a team of business and data analysts who are pivotal in delivering Lloyds' Cyber Security Programme to reduce the risk of impact from cyber-attacks. He graduated from Strathclyde Business School and holds the Diploma in Business Analysis.

Adam Blair

Adam is a Lead Business Analyst at National Grid with six years' experience as a business analyst and over 10 years' experience within the utilities industry across a number of blue chip companies. During his career, Adam has sought out key positions in business-critical programmes, building expertise and insight in process re-engineering, data management and, more recently, he has adopted innovative analysis techniques using a blend of waterfall and agile delivery approaches.

Judith Crooks

Judy became a business analyst at Aviva two years ago. She has over 30 years' experience of IT delivery in financial and technology service organisations, previously performing various roles from software engineering and design to consultancy. Delivery-focused and a real 'people person', Judy has a flair for putting the customers, both internal and external, at the heart of everything she does. Originally from New Zealand, Judy has worked predominately in the UK.

Elizabeth Downing

Beth is an experienced business analyst, working on IT and business change projects for over 15 years in financial services. Her latest role is as a Consultant Business Analyst for Diligenta Ltd on their Aviva account, where she has led the analysis for their regulatory change portfolio of projects and for a number of change projects for Aviva as they complete their integration of Friends Life. Beth holds degrees at BA(Hons) and Masters levels, the Expert BA Award and is a Certified ScrumMaster.

Simon Hancock

Simon joined Nationwide as a BA in June 2014 and had the opportunity to work within the Digital Operations area, which was using innovative ideas and techniques to enhance their customer services processes. He completed the first wave as an analyst but was selected to lead in the second wave which led him to work on the improvement of the Visa Disputes and Mortgage Redemption processes. He was subsequently selected for a Senior BA role which he has held for eight months.

Nicola Percy

Nicola is a technology consultant within the analysis team at Deloitte with a particular focus on retail. Nicola has over seven years' experience in delivering and advising on technology-enabled business transformation programmes and has notable skills in analysis, requirements management, workshop facilitation, scope management, project management and stakeholder management.

Ian Richards

Having started his career as a mathematics lecturer, Ian changed direction and has since accrued over 20 years' experience as a business analyst; he is currently a Managing Consultant within Capita's Transformation division. He is an active member of the International Institute of Business Analysts (IIBA®), presenting at many IIBA® events nationwide. Ian has presented at the IRM Business Analysis Conference Europe and is also one of the few, but increasing, Certified Business Analysis Professionals (CBAP®) in the UK.

Rituraj Saikia

Rituraj Saikia is an experienced and highly-skilled business analyst from Wipro, with over 10 years' experience and specialisation in energy and utilities. He holds an MBA degree and is a Certified Process Practitioner.Over the years, Rituraj has provided both tactical and strategic transformational solutions for some of the leading brands in the world. He has a proven track record and global experience of project delivery in the UK, USA, Australia, Switzerland, Hungary and India.