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The 2021 Finalists

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the BA of the Year Award 2021. 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 nine finalists who have short profiles detailed below. Click on their name to find out more

Christina Tan

Christina is an accomplished Lead BA within Capita's Public Service division, bringing to her role a wealth of experience in delivering financial, productivity, operational and service improvements. As a true advocate of the BA profession, Christina contributes to the BA community by representing IIBA UK as Finance Director, IRM's BPM conference as an advisory board member, sharing her thoughts on webinar and authoring articles. She is also passionate about developing BAs of the future through knowledge sharing, coaching and mentoring.

Francesca Guyett

Francesca is an Agile change professional working in the Jersey finance community. She has 16 years’ experience of working on initiatives such as NCIRs, customer journey improvements, regulatory and systems-led change, restructing and digitalisation. She is passionate about growing female representation within her industry, sharing the importance of the BA role and how it can influence the wider business. Francesca believes that BAs of the future should be supported to bring fresh insights and perspectives, enabling them to tackle the challenges of an ever-changing world.

Kristy Dean

Kristy is a life-long learner who applies her learning actively and shares it with others. Her BA experience has involved working in both business-to-business and business-to-customer environments, involving cross-functional and global teams in companies such as Kodak and BT. She has also enjoyed working for a digital start-up company which deployed a platform on a global scale. Kristy has a passion for helping others achieve their full potential.

Nadiya Kosminina

Nadiya provides high-quality BA services to estabilished firms and start-ups, both on clients’ sites and virtually. She also educates individuals and teams on the specifics and value of business analysis through carefully-designed case studies. For the last 15 years Nadiya has  successfully completed BA delivery on projects and products within the  energy/commodities, financial and physical trading, software product development and investment banking sectors. She loves her work and finds it very rewarding to see the results.

Paul Haywood

Paul has been a BA for five years and he enjoys exploring innovative ideas and ways of working, exercising the brain and tackling problems head-on. After leaving the forces, he has worked hard to understand the world of business, with customer service as a starting point. Outside of work, Paul can be found enjoying the roads of Yorkshire on his motorbike or chuckling in the mud as he enjoys a casual game of airsoft.

Rebecca Richmond-Smith

Rebecca is currently a BA at CMR Surgical, a growing medical robotics company. As part of the central improvement team, Rebecca is responsible for providing a business analysis service across the company. In practical terms, this has led to a variety of different projects from delivering quick wins to large-scale enterprise-wide projects. Outside work, Rebecca is also a project lead in YBA (Young Business Analysts) helping young BAs to grow their personal and professional confidence.

Sam Merrick

Sam is an IIBA Certified Business Analysis Professional and BCS Advanced Diploma holder, who is passionate about business analysis and using the BA toolkit to optimise business benefits for large organisations. He has worked in financial services for ten years from entry-level BA to practice manager and has recently moved into the energy sector to test his skills in a new domain. He is an advocate of life-long learning and in his spare time acts as a mentor as well as a Director at IIBA UK.

Sara Hudson

Sara is a Lead BA with six years’ experience of leading requirements elicitation, process improvement and solution design for transformational change. Collaborating with her stakeholders, Sara incorporates design thinking and Agile principles, realising value through excellence and execution. Sara is a creative and resilient leader who believes in empowerment and recognition and she strives to be known for adding value, building trust and making a difference. She holds the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis and is working towards the Advanced Diploma.

Srikanth Pullikanti

Srikanth is a senior BA working at the Bank of England and has over 15 years of business analysis experience. Over the years, he has gained a wide variety of work experience in various industries such as banking, housing, healthcare and education and has been fortunate to experience other roles across the full project lifecycle.

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