|Date:||22 Jun 2023|
You are a great Business Analyst, you love your role, and you have a wealth of experience. You should have, after all, you’ve been doing this for several years now and you’ve done some amazing learning and innovation with some great people, you have a brilliant life as a BA.
Just recently, you’ve been thinking – What next? What’s out there for someone with so much BA experience? Well, look no further because in this session we have four amazing talents who have made that leap, transcended the BA role, and taken the next step.
They’ve acted on that thought of what’s next and are here to talk about it answering your questions in this long-awaited panel discussion.
Meet your panel
Helen Scotland is a Business Architect working within the Business Design Authority at Her Majesty’s Passport Office. Prior to this, she worked in a variety of contract roles in Education, Not for Profit, Circular Economy and Public sector, and previously as a Business Analyst and IT Change Business Partner in financial services for 10 years.
Mechanical Engineer to trade serving 6 years at the Western General Hospital Edinburgh.
Joined Sky TV answering sales and technical calls in 1996 on evenings and weekends. Introduced to the project world in 1999 via secondment on Sky’s CRM project and worked as Business Analyst to December 2016.
Joined Royal London in 2017 as Business Analyst in Protection where my 1st project was the Underwriting Pre-Sales Tool which has been a huge success. Joined 1st agile squad in 2018 working with aggregators and portals where I was promoted to Senior Business Analyst in 2019. As part of my remit as Senior I supported various analysis sessions in the adoption of agile working. A Scrum Master role became available soon after in Edinburgh which I was successful in September 2019.
I am married to Aileen and enjoy NCL Cruise Ship holidays, watching Fast Jets and cooking on the BBQ.
After leaving the University of Edinburgh with a Psychology & Business Studies degree in 2016, I joined the Scottish Parliament's IT department working on projects as an entry level Business Analyst. I worked on internally developed applications to assist with Parliamentary Business, as well as re-designing their external facing website. After a few years and a promotion, I decided to move on and was looking for a larger company to increase future career opportunities. That is when I was offered a job here at Royal London as a Business Analyst. I worked here as a BA for just over 2 years, working primarily on regulatory change projects. A Project Manager role became available, and I was successful in applying August 2021.
I used to row competitively while at University, and have kept up my interest in health & fitness outside of work – the early morning training sessions still happen, just at a different intensity!
Business Analyst of 4+ years. I am currently working with a team of developers at the Registers of Scotland (RoS) building and supporting a range of front end information services. After obtaining an M.A. in linguistics I moved to Scotland and took a mapping job at RoS. I have been at the Registers for several years before I discovered my passion for business analysis while working as an SME on process improvement in production. Always happy to share my passion and experience, I worked with Junior BAs aiding and managing their professional development until they secured a promotion to mid-level positions.
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