Group Head of Data - GoCompare
- How did you get into data and technology, and why?
I started my career as a statistician in the civil service but I learnt quickly that I wasn’t fond of making decisions on gut feeling. I don’t like guessing. Data analysis can provide objectives and answers that can put an end to disagreements and being the data scientist in the discussion can often put you at a clear advantage! Also, data and tech is exciting!
- What motivates you on a daily basis – what gets you up in the morning?
I naturally have a love for numbers and statistics and like to back up every decision with evidence, and ultimately that comes from data.
- What’s the biggest challenge that you face in your role?
I think we all have to overcome obstacles and step out of our comfort zones every day. For me, it’s about overcoming the negative thoughts where I think that I’m not good enough or that I’m not adding the value that I should be adding. Those thoughts can be very challenging so I have to be courageous and have trust in my own abilities.
- How has a setback or obstacle shaped you?
The biggest obstacle that I’ve had to overcome is my stammer. Having a stutter growing up can knock your confidence and I’ve had to push myself out of my comfort zone by doing lots of public speaking, presentations and talking on camera.