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The 2019 Finalists

We are pleased to announce the finalists for the BA of the Year Award 2019. 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.

Amy Macaulay - John Lewis Partnership

Amy MacaulayAmy is a business analyst and a product engineer. She has recently moved into the digital space within the John Lewis partnership, working on an Agile project to create a skincare finder. Her previous 15 years were spent in a traditional BA role, delivering incremental change on waterfall projects, across John Lewis Buying and Selling. She’s passionate about adding value and meeting user requirements in a simple way. This stems back to when she first joined as an IT Graduate trainee iteratively building a workflow prototype for promotions.   

Bronia Anderson-Kelly - Sabiduria Ltd

BroniaBronia is a business analyst working in the international financial sector on the Isle of Man. She is a consultant and director of Sabiduria Ltd and founder of the Isle of Man Business Analysis Network. She holds two International Diplomas, in Business Analysis and Solution Development, and has practitioner-level qualifications in Test Analysis and Test Management. Bronia has a keen interest in understanding how people are influenced within projects and in encouraging young people to consider a BA career.

Emma Myers - Bank of England

Emma MyersEmma Myers is a business analyst at the Bank of England. She has worked for the organisation for over 10 years, beginning her career in service management before moving into a BA role. With over three years of BA experience, she has worked on a range of projects including data collection, capacity management, HR improvements and central banking settlement services. Emma is midway through a part time degree in Computer Science.

Jennie Polgrean - CMC Partnership

Jennie PolgreenJennie has been a successful BA for 13 years in the public sector, recently with CMC Partnership Consultancy Ltd. She has contributed to award-winning projects and programmes, and still finds the variety within the profession exciting with each new role. She believes in building strong honest relationships and that establishing a mutual understanding of the problem is key to implementing change successfully. Jennie is an oral examiner for the BCS International BA Diploma, and is studying towards the Advanced Diploma.

Kei Poon - Bank of England

Kei PoomKei is Senior BA in the Architecture, Analysis and Consultancy Division, bringing over 13 years of public sector experience to the Bank of England. He leads on multiple high-level projects including the Central Services Strategic Transformation programme and has a strong interest in developing the Bank’s Enterprise Architecture capabilities. Kei is a proven team-player whose strengths are his approach to problem-solving, stakeholder engagement and attention to detail. Kei also researches and advises his team on tooling and industry trends.

Lauren Howes - Bank of England

Lauren Howes - As a junior business analyst, Lauren is able to use her passion for building strong stakeholder relationships in her day-to-day role. With eight years of experience at the Bank of England, she has developed the ability to work in a business environment as well as with technology and this has greatly benefitted her career as a business analyst. She has thrived in her current programme with the multiple opportunities it has given her to work collaboratively with stakeholders and peers on a priority one project.

Linda Parker - Registers of Scotland

Steve WrightLinda Parker

Linda Parker has been a successful business analyst for nearly 30 years and, for her, the role never grows old. Her avid interest in other people, and keenness to learn and improve, means she loves being a BA. Currently, she is a business analyst working for the Registers of Scotland.

Outside of work, she runs half-marathons, walks her dogs and even has time for her husband!

Nikkita Vilas - Aviva

Nikkita VilasNikkita is a hard-working motivated individual that who has always striven to be the best at what she does, be that in work on her projects or outside work with her Bollywood dancing. She is a sociable person and loves bringing people together in order to create a sense of community. She enjoys travelling to countries across the world and getting involved in the different cultures that each place has to offer. 

Ravi Kumar - Nityasoft Limited

Ravi KumarRavi is a consulting business analyst with over 20 years’ experience, currently working for HSBC Bank since March 2016. Prior to HSBC, Ravi has worked for many other financial organisations across the world. Ravi also gained the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis as well as in Solution Development and the IIBA© CBAP qualification. 

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