The Data School Team
Currently in Training (DS11)
Having utilised data analytics in his studies, he enjoyed the practice of distilling complex information into a digestible format, and often leveraged visuals for information transfer. A growing awareness of the widespread misuse of statistical analyses within the scientific community fostered a deeper interest in data analysis best practices, which led him to the field of data visualisation consulting.
Ellie has always been a numbers person, whether that be at her first job analysing weather models for the Met Office or more recently working with customer insights as a market researcher. She loved the analytical part of the roles and was enlightened by the impact data can have for an organisation.
The Data School is the perfect opportunity for Ellie to bring together her personal love for art and design with the career aspects that have captivated her so far.
Preferring the statistical side to his Psychology degree Harry was keen to find a job working with data. With no experience of data visualization tools and a degree not directly maths based he decided to complete an online course on Tableau. The speed and creativity it allowed cemented his desire to work with data and he is eager to build on the skills he has already developed.
After graduating from University with a degree in Financial Economics, Jonathan followed his passion to break down and simplify seemingly complex datasets into a manner accessible and comprehensible to suit every level of knowledge. Once he discovered the power of Alteryx and Tableau he was instantaneously hooked, perfectly marrying up his love to simplify a business’s data with the power to help others make sense of it.
After graduating with a Medical Engineering degree and a year working as a university researcher under her belt, Louise decided a career in engineering was not for her. Reflecting on what she enjoyed most about her past experiences, she realised she loved solving problems and finding interesting information from numbers. A career in data of some sort seemed like the right way to go.
Discovering the Data School and trying out Tableau opened her eyes to the possibilities in analytics (and she realised she suffered through Excel graphs, all the while Tableau existed). Louise knew a place in DS11 was what she wanted and here she is.
Maleeha graduated with a BSc degree in Psychology. Throughout her studies there was a heavy focus on research and analysis. Through this time she had heard about the Data School. While researching and learning the basics of Tableau, she became fascinated with the tool. Being able to divulge into data sets and easily utilise all the information. Maleeha since then has set her sights into a career in data analytics with a heavy focus using Tableau. After one too many business meetings where “we need more data” was mentioned, Louisa joined the Data School from a background of English, analytic programming and decision making psychology.
Manuela came across Tableau while working with a new Indian NGO on a pilot project in Delhi. While trying to turn the data into a dashboard, she soon discovered Tableau software, The Information Lab, and its blog loaded with useful resources. The Data School and its open application fascinated her. It offered a wonderful opportunity to learn, grow, and gain skills at the intersection of her many interests, from M&E to data journalism to civic tech.
Nearing the end of his MMath degree, Nicholas was looking for a career which used his love of problem solving in a much more real world environment that mathematical research could provide. After searching around it seemed data analytics was the next step for him as it is a powerful tool in such a variation of industries, which he hopes to be able to use to achieve his goal of having a positive impact of the environment. The Data School stood out as an amazing opportunity due to the brilliant coaching given and the range of experience gained from the placements.
After a master’s degree in English and Business Administration at the University of Bern, Switzerland, Thomas worked as a linguist and actor before joining the Data School, where he found the perfect place to combine his passions for storytelling and information technology. The joy of finding new insights, breathing life into numerical data and making complex issues easy to grasp is what got him hooked on Tableau.
Currently in Training (DS10)
After completed a master’s in chemistry focussing on white paint, Conrad wanted to add some colour to his working life. Having used high throughput engineering and modelling software to deliver six figure cost savings, he knew a career in data analysis was for him. It took the parts of science he loved, data manipulation and visualisation, and got rid of what he struggled with, hours of being stooped over in the lab.
Ellen’s background lies in various Social and Biological Sciences, having recently graduated from Warwick University with an MSc in Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management. Throughout her studies, Ellen enjoyed approaching scientific analysis with a creative flair. Accordingly, she revelled in gaining innovative insights from diverse sources of evidence and finding artistic ways to make complex biological concepts more communicable to wider audiences.
Whilst searching for a career after studying mechanical engineering, Gheorghie stumbled upon The Data School. He soon realised that Tableau and Alteryx was a quick and easy solution to many of the problems he ran into through his years at university. His new career marries his love for clear data and engaging presentation – which isn’t always easy to find!
Kirsty recently finished her degree in Mathematics at the University in Aberdeen. In her final year, she discovered a passion for data and analytics and knew she wanted to in data. Through word of mouth, she eventually encountered Tableau and The Data School and the fantastic programme offered to aspiring data analysts!
In her spare time, she plays guitar, piano and enjoys travelling.
Lily came across data visualisation whilst exploring options after a varied career as a nurse. She was instantly hooked on the idea of presenting data in a creative and accessible format, and wanted to learn more about the magical software that made it possible. Her curiosity and desire for self-development led her to the Data School, which offers the perfect chance to blend analytics and creativity in one exciting place.
After one too many business meetings where “we need more data” was mentioned, Louisa joined the Data School from a background of English, analytic programming and decision making psychology. She has previously worked in public and private organisations but found a common gap between the data that they had, and the questions they actually wanted to answer.
Nick graduated from the University of Manchester with a master’s degree in Geology with Planetary Science. Since then, he has worked as an environmental risk modeller for an agrochemical regulation consultancy. His constant passion for working with and understanding data led him inexorably to the Data School.
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Before joining the Data School, Adi worked as a high school Geography teacher and subsequently spatial data analysis. Typically using PostgreSQL, QGIS and R Adi worked in environmental epidemiology research before becoming frustrated by the constraints of the academic process. With world-class coaching in two of the most globally in-demand software tools, Adi believes she has found the passions that fulfil her curiosity in The Data School.
Off the clock, Adi loves open water swimming, triathlon, singing and eating.
The great themes of Alexander’s life have been storytelling, design and data. Alexander’s storytelling skills have been developed through theatre and public speaking. His design skills have been developed through a international career in marketing. Alexander came across Tableau during his last job and it totally blew his mind.
Fuad’s interest in computing and video games sparked a passion for technology which later branched off into data. Curious to understand the value of data in the real world and the insights they create he finally stumbled across Tableau. In his spare time he loves to play sports, something that definitely brings out his competitive side, and having played almost 7 years at Essex County Cricket Club his progressive mindset is geared to take on the world of data.
After spending 3 months in rural Bangladesh, she discovered Tableau and became fascinated by its ability to quickly answer questions to global problems using data. Laine recently graduated in International Relations, fuelled by her curiosity to understand war, peace and international development.
Luisa has a background in Chemistry and Crime Science. She discovered Tableau while working as Researcher in a management consultancy where it enabled her to support consultants by analysing data in no time. Seeing how colleagues were fascinated by interactive dashboards, made her realise how powerful and accessible Tableau is. After hearing about The Data School she was convinced it would be the best place to master Tableau and Alteryx.
Via Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) Nils discovered the world of data analysis. Especially analysing the effects of anti-poverty strategies and policies fascinates him since he has worked in underprivileged communities in South Africa. He is a fan of Tableau because it helps him to tell compelling stories which raise awareness for social issues. His educational background is in Business Administration (MSc). Before joining the Data School, he worked as project management consultant in Germany.
Soha is a psychologist that developed an intrigue for data during her MSc in psychosis. She conducted a research study into factors affecting sense of presence in a virtual reality social environment, which has been submitted to the journal of Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking. Her experience encouraged her to explore a career within the data field and led her to encounter Tableau, and the integral role of storytelling in data can have.
Ollie studied Philosophy and then Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, before spending a couple of years in the wilderness as a professional singer. After sinking hours into Excel and SPSS trying to make his final research project look perfect, discovering the ease with which he could achieve this in Tableau was a thrilling moment. He instantly knew that this was where he wanted his career to go, and the Data School was the best place to make that happen.
Throughout his PhD in chemotherapeutics in Australia and the UK, Robbin found himself enjoying the translation and presentation of complex data for everyone to understand the most. Being exposed to Alteryx and Tableau opened up a whole new world of streamlined data processing, which was often missing during his previous roles. The Data School will be an amazing new challenge in order to continue to fast-track his experience in big data science.
Tim’s love for analysing data stems from his childhood, where he created spreadsheets and charts for his toy cars. After graduating from university, he discovered Tableau and was amazed at how intuitive and accessible it was to somebody who had never used it before. The Data School is to him a brilliant opportunity to master both Tableau and Alteryx.
Tom developed a passion for analytics when carrying out Biological research, when he discovered Tableau by chance. Enjoying the analytical side of his work, but not the entire scientific process, he decided to apply to the Data School to further increase his analytical skills. He particularly enjoys combining this with his sporting interests, to build sports vizzes.
Gauthier found his passion for data and analytics while undertaking his MA in advertising. Through online trainings, he came across Tableau and Alteryx, which convinced him to pursue a new career at the Data School.
When not working with data, Gauthier loves cooking, triathlon and photography.
Being a Theoretical Physics graduate, Jevon has looked at the world in terms of numbers and the story one could infer just from looking at data. Seeing how powerful Tableau was in handling and manipulating data and making sense of the world made him realize that this was a revolutionary tool and felt like he had no other option but to apply to The Data School.
Laura is a MSc Graduate in International Business Management and she fluently speak Italian, Russian and Spanish. She is passionate about all the different types of communication, which she studied during her bachelor in Translation as well as during her experience in Marketing. Data analytics in Tableau is just the next level of communication, where verbal, written and visual blend together. Whilst not working with data, Laura spends hours at the gym.
Nora recently finished her PhD in Chemistry where she got her first exposure to serious data. It was during this time that she discovered her passion for data analytics and the science behind it. She now looks forward to using Tableau and Alteryx to answer all the questions that pops up all around her.
Charlie recently submitted her MPhil in Polar Studies at the University of Cambridge. Whilst carrying out the research for this masters she undertook data analysis and visualization using Matlab, Excel and QGIS. Following this experience, discovering Tableau through The Data School website was a breath of fresh air, showing her an exciting path into the future.
Charlie spends her free time training for the GB Under-24 ultimate frisbee team.
Steph found Tableau & Alteryx as part of a previous role in analytics, realising quite how much she enjoyed using them when she moved to a company without them. This is when she discovered the Data School – a job that would allow her to work with them everyday!
Jeremy’s career has focused on trying to make public services more effective for the people who use them. Having worked in a think tank, local government, arts fundraising and the welfare-to-work sector, Jeremy discovered Tableau whilst analysing unemployment programmes. He immediately saw the value of intuitive, self-service analytics for making better business decisions, and consequently joined the Data School to learn more.
As a Maths & Stats graduate Joe has always had a passion for working with data. His love for data, similar to Maths, is that it is in everything and there is no getting away from it! With an eagerness for data driven decision making Joe was amazed by the power at his fingertips when using Tableau, and knew instantly that this was the path for him.
Having started his career in the motor insurance industry Michael found his way into analytics through a desire to simplify his team’s role; and improve decision making within the business. Following a move to Business Intelligence he discovered Tableau while creating a series of operational dashboards and hasn’t looked back since. He sees Tableau as a crucial discovery tool and is now looking to grow and develop alongside the company.
Eliott developed a passion for Data and Analytics through his studies in GeoInformatics, where worked with spatial datasets. Using mostly software such as ArcGIS, R and SPSS, the hours spent on producing good analytical pieces and presentations accumulated quickly over his studies, leading him frustrated about the effectiveness of those tools, but more motivated than ever to get to the bottom of data analytics and visualisations.
He genuinely believes that Tableau is a contender for the perfect solution, and hopes to learn all that he can while at the Data School. Apart from Data Analytics, Eliott loves watching and playing football, as well as cooking.
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David is a biomedical scientist that sees Tableau and Alteryx as a powerful way of making science accessible for the general public and for organizations funding research.
Giorgia discovered her love for data during her undergraduate in Economics when she took her first module of Interpreting Economic Data. Since then, she had the goal to work one day in the field. After founding out about Data School she thought it was the best opportunity to engage in a job she would certainly love.
In her previous role, working as an analyst, Mina discovered Tableau and Alteryx which, at first, she did not realise how life-changing these would be. Prior to discovering these software Mina studied Economics and dabbled in programming to solve her data problems and could immediately see the value in Tableau and Alteryx.
Jamie’s passion for sport and data analysis resulted in him spending the last 5 years as a sports trader, for bookmakers as well as proprietary data firms. After spending the last few years working with excel to create in play algorithms he is now looking forward to working with tableau and alteryx to broaden his data analytical skills.
Marcus fell in love with data whilst working in the NHS using various data analytical methodologies to reduce the amount spent on clinical events which lead to one organisation saving over £20,000 in that financial year. Since then Marcus has seeked out roles that included working with medium to large datasets in which he can put his curious and analytical mind to work on.
With an analytical mindset and background in both science and education, Lee has a passion for exploring new information, understanding it and helping others to do so as well. Lee wants to expand his passion for Tableau into the world of business and has set out learn everything he can about Tableau and Alteryx so he can be well equipped to facilitate companies in making well-informed and evidence-based decisions.
William’s passion for the field of international development and its mission to find innovative, sustainable, and scalable solutions to challenges faced by developing nations has been the guiding force behind his academic and professional careers. After completing a B.A. in Economics and an M.Sc in Development Management, and working as an impact and strategy consultant for various startups and social business, he chose to join the Data School in order to strengthen his analytical, technical, and skills.
After crafting each of his roles as a management consultant to have a data focus, Alex established himself a brand as a consultant with a unique blend of both the technical and soft skills required for working with data. Having received ministerial approval for several Excel dashboards he designed whilst working in the public sector, Alex is keen to utilize this previous knowledge with both Tableau and Alteryx.
A passion for visual arts was always something that stood out about Elena. She has a background in finance and marketing. New to Tableau she’s looking forward to taking her data analysis skills to the next level with The Data School. She strives to communicate via outstanding data visualizations that make an impact and help people make decisions and solve problems.
Wiktoria has 7 years of marketing experience growing profitable brands in the European market. After her first experience with Tableau, she immediately realised how it can significantly help companies grow by easily identifying opportunities in their data. She left her career and dedicated to mastering Alteryx and Tableau skills.
After her MBA Laura spent over 6 years working in Excel-based environments as a consultant and then as a finance analyst. Now, she is excited to learn Tableau, Alteryx, and the art of data visualization from the very best.
With a background in software engineering, English teaching abroad and business analysis, Marc completed an MSc in Business Intelligence and then work in Human Capital Analytics. After seeing the power of Tableau to uncover insights, Marc is looking forward to helping people explore and visualise their data.
Natasha has always loved art and has a background in finance where she used to analyse business processes and helped to optimise costs. After discovering Tableau, Natasha became fascinated by the world of data visualisations, and applying to Data School was an opportunity to turn her analytical skills and passion for creativity into a practical mix. She is looking forward to learning how to create simple and yet appealing visualisations, as well as mastering the skill of sending a powerful message and telling stories with data.
When Neil was a little boy he had a dream, that dream was to become an archaeologist. That didn’t pan out. So he whittled away his years moving from job to job trying to find that one true calling. That calling finally came as a piece of software called Tableau. Through Tableau, Neil hopes to become a data hero and spread the word according to Tableau around.
Philip relishes problem-solving and making valuable insights into data. He has two Master’s in quantitative disciplines and several years of image analysis experience. He joined the Data School to become proficient in data analysis and problem-solving in the challenging world of BI.
Coming from a financial background, Rachel is excited about learning to work with data sets in a visual way.
After doing BA in Economics Anna took a break from the world of data for 4 years, working odd jobs in several different continents and blogging about her experiences. She then returned to the UK to do a Masters in Online Journalism at Birmingham City University. During the course she discovered data visualisations was a great way to merge her storytelling and data skills. After attending the Tableau Zen Master Tour, the Data School was the logical next step.
Having recently finished her MSc in Applicable Mathematics at LSE, Bethany is passionate about using her mathematical skills to help people make sense of data. She is excited to learn everything there is to know about using Tableau for data visualisation from the experts at The Data School!
Dan discovered a passion for data analysis and visualisation whilst researching the role of the brain in exercise during his Masters degree. This led to analysing client data for some of the UK’s top law firms at a research consultancy. At the Data School Dan wants to hone his storytelling skills to make data accessible to a wider audience. At the same time, Dan strives to make a name for himself in the world of distance running, competing for Kent at cross country and getting ever closer to the dream of a sub 2h30 marathon.
Gwilym first started serious data analysis during his PhD in the neuroscience of language where he examined his participants’ brain activity during language learning, but soon realised it was more fun to use those same techniques to look at sports statistics. After honing his data skills through scraping cricinfo and falling in love with ggplot2 in R, he decided to switch out of academia and into the big wide world of data visualisation. Outside the office, Gwilym also brews his own beer, which may or may not help the data viz creative process.
Data has been a part of Ian’s life since he could read the weekend’s football results and understand how a league table works. Following the somewhat traditional route of learning Excel at school and Matlab at university, his introduction to Tableau and Alteryx was a real eye opener to how intuitive and feature rich powerful software can be. Ian has come to the Data School to master these programs and help more people take their data analysis and visualisation to the next level.
After working as a librarian in several academic institutions for over a decade, Meg became interested in data visualisation during her time as an Open Access (OA) consultant for the European Commission funded PASTEUR4OA project. The opportunity to combine a passion for graphic design with the skills she learnt curating large data sets lead her to Tableau. Her driving interest has always been to make complicated concepts and datasets more accessible and easy to understand.
After a brief experience in the world of sports data collection, Peter unearthed a keen interest in the potential to guide understanding and tell stories through data analysis. The chance to join the Data School straight from university was not to be missed and he is excited to learn from the best in the data visualisation business.
Rachel is a journalist who after 10 years telling stories with words decided to discover the world of data visualisation. Her inspirations are the new interactive stories which have been populating the news in the past years. Making information clear, beautiful and accessible for the desired audience are their aims.
Ben has moved from academic research to work more deeply with data, having been inspired by the increasing sophistication of tools and techniques to render data into compelling stories. With training and skills in both science and graphic design, Ben has found a discipline at the nexus of his abilities and interests.
After graduating with a BA in Ancient History, Emily started working in business consultancy, delivering service improvement and lean transformation projects in NHS Trusts. This is where her interest in data analysis developed, specifically in understanding service demand vs. capacity.
Since studying Economics at university, Peter has worked in two national banks, a social media analytics consultancy, and an Austrian ski-school. He first used Tableau when working with large social media data sets, and, impressed with the software and the community, quickly decided he wanted to use Tableau every day.
Naledi is a Social and Cultural Psychology graduate interested in the use of data to help understand societal dynamics and address social issues. Before coming to The Data School she worked in a variety of social research jobs.
Since studying his MSC in Sports Performance Analysis Borja recognised the importance of Data Analysis. During his various work experiences within the sports world he faced the recurrent problem of explaining data and being able to communicate the message. From that point Data Analysis and Data Visualization became his focus.
After moving to the UK and discovering Tableau, Elnisa became fascinated with how easy it was to draw meaningful insights from data while building and designing beautiful and sleek dashboards. Fascinated by Tableau’s user friendly interface, she developed a passion for story-telling through attractive and compelling visual aids.
The opportunity to help people making sense of their data, led Elnisa to apply to the data school and learn from the best in the field.
Lorna has always been passionate about data, and is excited to replace her old tool of choice Excel with Tableau and Alteryx. After first discovering Tableau at British Gymnastics she can’t wait to apply some new skills to sports data.
After 3 years working in management consulting in Milan, Simona has decided to move to London to continue her professional career in data analysis at the Data School. It’s been her dream since graduating Mathematics in 2012.
Nai is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and the University College London who never really abandoned her identity as a student and information-seeker. She continues to use data as a resource contributing to understandings of human motivation, business analysis, and social solutions.
The mix of Benedetta’s curiosity, creativity and her analytical background in finance, pushed her through the data world, and especially to Tableau. After many financial forecast projects with Excel she appreciates an easy and colourful way to tell stories.
Having finished her masters in Environmental Biology, Anuka discovered the data viz world and was immediately intrigued. After more research and trying Tableau for herself, she knew this is where she wanted to be and is eager to learn more.
Everyone loves great storylines, so it’s exciting to join a company that’s all about telling stories with data! I joined The Data School to learn data visualisation from the best & gain experience in a variety of industries.
Niccolo’s data driven journey started in Italy, attempting to translate the breath-taking Italian cultural heritage into figures. He was challenged with starting a BI solution from scratch. It was ‘sink or swim’, and he fell in love swimming through data!
Alexandra’s inquisitive nature and drive to solve problems has meant a natural attraction to a career in science. Ready to take on the challenge of BI, she strives for expanding our understanding of the world and improving performance.
Ravi’s interest in using and manipulating data piqued after discovering public sources of sports data. Having studied Economics for the last four years, he is looking forward to learning from the data Jedis of Tableau and Alteryx.
‘Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life’ – that is exactly what Hashu did. He turned his hobby into a career by jumping head first into Tableau & Alteryx
While learning about cloud technologies and their potential Damiana kept hearing about the importance of data analysis and how Tableau was changing this field. After realising how data analysis was changing every field, Damiana eagerly jumped at the chance to learn everything about how to do it best with Tableau.
As a bonafide Biz Nerd, Emily loves telling stories with data. She’s currently learning the art of data visualization and eager to apply these skills in Banking and B2C strategy.
Recent Blog Posts
Our team does a lot of blogging! Follow their projects and progress every week.
Have a sneak peek into The Information Lab company culture, from the point of view of a new joiner at The Data School!read more
After a long application process and a month of waiting, the Data School finally started. What did DS12 do during their first week?read more
This blog post discusses how R can be used to prepare an image template that we can plot data on using Tableau.read more
At the Data School, we are constantly challenged and pushed with limited time projects. This is to develop our time management capabilities, to teach us to set realistic goals and to give us the confidence and knowledge that we can do it. So, what have I learned? In...read more
A reflective log and a message to current and future Data Schoolers... Have you ever doubted your abilities? Have you felt like you're not as smart as people think you are? Have you thought your accomplishments are due to luck? Have you been afraid of being found...read more
When should I use a join? What type of join should I use? When should I use a union instead?
This blog post it is an introduction to the concept of joins and unions that hopes to answer these questions.
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