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The 2017 Finalists

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the BA of the Year Award 2017. This year, the competition was extremely stiff, with entries from a large field of highly-experienced and high-achieving business analysts. Below are the eight finalists, click on their name to find out more.

Sean Amengaud-Nelson - Deloitte

Sean Amengaud-NelsonSean is an ambitious, disciplined and proactive business analyst who has worked for Deloitte on a range of large and small projects within the retail and financial services industries. He has a proven track record and significant experience in stakeholder relationship-building, business process modelling, analysis and requirements gathering. He has an excellent understanding of the theory behind business analysis and the ability to apply this in practical terms to business situations and process investigations.

Mayuri Gupta – Centrica PLC

Mayuri GuptaMayuri Gupta works for Centrica plc.  Her strongest attribute is the ability to see the potential for improvement in everything, since it keeps her moving forward in the dynamic world of IS. She likes working with people and believes that good projects are more likely to result from a team pulling their entire weight together. To this end, she strives to make use of skills that bring the team together and makes them more efficient as a group.

Kayleigh Jarrett – Nationwide

Kayleigh JarrettKayleigh joined the BA Practice of the Nationwide Building Society in October 2014 and had the opportunity to work within the Mortgages Portfolio, which has made major process improvements having recently introduced new technologies and techniques into the Mortgage Interview Process. She has worked predominantly on mortgage process improvements, which lead to her leading a team of BAs on one of the organisation’s biggest changes to mortgages. That opportunity has also given her a promotion to Senior Business Analyst in the last year, and the acclaim of being voted Nationwide’s BA of the Year 2017.

Marta Korus – Lloyds Banking Group

Marta KorusMarta is a Lead Business Analyst for Lloyds Banking Group and she has worked in the financial services industry for ten years. She is based in London. Marta holds the BCS Diploma in Business Analysis, and is PRINCE2 and Agile ScrumMaster accredited. She is a keen traveller who has lived and worked abroad. Marta loves to fly overseas at any given opportunity, mostly to ski down mountains or to climb up them

Helen Magee – South Gloucestershire Council

Helen MageeHelen has been the Lead Corporate Business Analyst at South Gloucestershire Council for three years. She has over 15 years’ experience in both business/systems analysis and project management, and has worked in both the public and private sectors. Helen manages the corporate business analysts as well as undertaking major project work, ensuring that value is added. Her current role includes leading the introduction of Agile development techniques within the Council’s Digital Transformation Project.

Carlos Pullen-Ferreira – Sage

Carlos Pullen-FerreiraHaving started his career as a developer, utilising eXtreme Programming techniques such as Paired Programming and User Stories, Carlos has since worked in consultancy, testing, project management and analysis. Since then, business analysis has always been a part of his roles and, for the past 15 years, he has been a business analyst delivering projects, programmes and products, using both waterfall and Agile approaches.

Rizwana Qureshi - AstraZeneca.

Rizwana QureshiRizwana is a Senior Business Analyst in AstraZeneca. She has 18 years’ experience in business analysis and design across business and digital projects. She specialises in aspects of business analysis, including business process management and user experience. In addition, she has successfully established and managed business analysis teams and has written the business analysis standards within her organisation. Away from work, she lives with her husband and two sons in Cheshire. She also enjoys walking, photography and reading.

Stacey Wade – John Lewis

Stacey WadeStacey is a Senior Business Analyst within the Analysis Practice at John Lewis. Stacey has over eight years’ experience in delivering technology-enabled change across supply chain, order management and e-commerce projects. She has notable skills in analysis, requirements management, workshop facilitation, delivery leadership, stakeholder management, and Agile and lean techniques.

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