We are pleased to announce the finalists for the BA of the Year Award 2020. This year, the competition was extremely stiff, with entries from a large field of highly-experienced and high-achieving business analysts. Well done to all eight finalists who have short profiles detailed below. Click on their name to find out more.
Gary is a thought leader in business analysis, leading the team through pivoting from traditional waterfall delivery to collaborative design skills and mind-set using capability and skills development, incorporating Design Thinking, Lean Start Up and Agile principles. He is a dedicated, creative and passionate business analyst with extensive process improvement expertise, supported by experience within telecommunications, retail and customer service management, operational excellence and process design. Gary is fully qualified with the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis and professional certification in Agile Business Analysis.
Jay has been working as a Lead Business Analyst for the Bank of England for nine years. He is an ‘all round’ lead BA with experience throughout the software development lifecycle starting from shaping, scoping and sizing of projects to producing detailed functional backlogs. Jay has led business analysis work for major strategic initiatives at the Bank, including Capital Requirements Regulation 2, Funding for Lending scheme and Financial Stress Testing. Jay is an AI (Artificial Intelligence) specialist BA and helps projects to establish the AI scope and achieve the objectives around using AI to assist decision making.
Neal is a Senior Business Analyst experienced at supporting the business to design, plan and deliver effective business change. He is a committed and delivery-focussed team player who, through a collaborative approach, works to quickly build trust and credibility with stakeholders, taking ownership of complex problems to advance the use of technology to achieve organisational objectives. Neal demonstrates strong critical-thinking and project planning skills with a passion for turning vision into achievement.
Pilar Scullion is a Senior Business Analyst at Allianz Insurance, with over 10 years’ experience across a range of programmes and projects in Telecoms and Insurance. She is currently leading a team implementing new financial regulatory standards, and believes the best results are achieved with encouragement and collaboration. She has also championed the implementation of a new process modelling tool using BPMN standards. Her natural curiosity makes her ideally suited to the regular learning opportunities offered by life as a BA.
Sean is a highly driven individual who always strives to do what is best for his customers. He has been in the business analysis field for eight years, working his way from a Junior Business Analyst to Lead Business Analyst in that time within the Insurance and Banking industries. Sean has a real passion for great customer outcomes and has spent the last four years in the digital space as part of Royal London’s Direct to Consumer division.
Steve Asquith is a Lead Business Analyst at Hermes Parcelnet. Working as part of a Change Delivery function he leads a team of Business Analysts delivering change across a varied Portfolio. His passions are finding new ways to engage people in change and, through analysis and understanding, discovering hidden links, benefits and synergies. Steve brings a certain flair to his work, a level of innovation and style that’s hard to ignore; just ask him about Babylonian counting!
Tazeem Wafa has been working in the business analysis field for over 20 years. Initially tasked with helping to understand the next generation of policing systems, his career has grown to leading the Bank of England’s Business Analysis Practice. Taz is passionate about all things business analysis and has worked across the entire project lifecycle working on some truly transformative business and IT change initiatives. He is also deeply passionate about developing and guiding the BA leaders of tomorrow.
William Gall is a dynamic change professional who successfully leads change team delivery through Business Analysis, Architecture and Product Owner roles. He has 20 years of experience working in change across engineering, logistics, insurance and retail banking sectors. He holds the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis and regularly attends and speaks at the IIBA Business Analysis Conference Europe.