Date: 6 Sep 2016
Where: Birmingham

The BA career from Apprentice to Practice Leader

Lawrence will talk about all areas of career development in the BA world including: career levels, skills, certification pathways and examples of possible future careers.

Lawrence Darvill wears two hats within the business analysis field; as a Business Consultant with the training and consultancy company Assist Knowledge Development and as a Director with the UK BA Manager Forum.
Lawrence has a background in HR and staffing and has recently completed research into the higher level capabilities of BAs working as internal consultants. His research has helped establish the Expert BA Award and develop an on-line career management tool for business analysts. Lawrence also provides guidance on developing BA capability frameworks and career planning with a number of organisations.

Panel Discussion

This will be followed by a panel discussion on what skills are needed from BAs in the current marketplace, and where there are skills gaps, with perspectives from a recruiting manager, a practice manager and a senior BA. Followed by discussion from the floor. Richard Field, Pardeep Dhanda and Simon Rookledge will join Lawrence on the panel to share their views and expertise.

Richard Field is the Head of Business Analysis within UK Transformation at HSBC and leads the development of the BA practice / BAs, including skills and capabilities, training, processes & standards, tooling and the resourcing & recruitment of BA’s into the priority programmes and projects across the Global portfolios. Richard also manages and coaches BA’s within the practice, supporting their personal development and helping them get to where they want to be. Richard has over 10 years of Global Change and Operations experience within Financial Services across a range of Senior BA, Project, Six sigma black belt and Operation management roles.

Pardeep Dhanda is the head of the Business Analysis (BA) Community of Practice in Deutsche Bank Birmingham and manages BA teams across multiple domains including Compliance IT, Treasury IT and HR Solutions IT. He has over 15 years of experience in Financial Services, Consulting and Telecommunications, and builds BA team capabilities within multi-vendor environments by embedding BA best practices within organisations. Pardeep specialises in Agile, having previously led the Agile adoption within British Telecommunications offshore centres by training over 700 resources, taken on the Agile lead role within the IBM UK BA Practice and is currently responsible for implementing Agile best practices across multiple programmes within Deutsche Bank. Pardeep is a certified Product Owner and SCRUM Master.

Simon Rookledge is a Senior Recruitment Consultant for Sanderson Recruitment, part of the Resource Solutions Group; his role is to support a wide variety of Financial Services and Consultancy companies across the UK with the design, scheduling and delivery of their recruitment projects for roles including: Business Analysis; Project Management; Programme Manager; Strategy Managers and Business Consultants. Last year Simon hosted an event for the IIBA South West Branch in Bristol and continues to have an active interest in Business Analysis. He regularly attends local events and webinars to keep up to speed with current trends that assist his clients with their recruitment needs.


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