GGD #77 Data Management and Security – a partnership with Lloyds Bank

We Have a couple of Great speakers for this month’s Girl Geek Dinner. As it is at Lloyds they have a strict security policy so could you all please ensure that you have a photo ID with you on the night.

Kate and Gudrun will do their talks on “Data Management and Security – a partnership”. 

There will also be a talk from their colleague Emily Turner about her career journey.  Emily works in our Chief Security Office in the “Business and External Engagement” team.

Kate Brooks

I’m Head of Data Management at Lloyds Banking Group; A chief data office role where I have responsibility for Data Quality and Metadata within the group. I have a BSc. in Economics, an ACIB (Chartered Banker) and an APMP (Qualified Project Manager). I have 20 years of experience in data and Analytics covering data quality, metadata, financial analytics, customer modelling and analytics, segmentation and semantic layer development.

When I joined Lloyds Banking Group 27 years ago through a Graduate Programme, I spend the first 6 years in Branch and Commercial Management. In 1999 I wanted to do something more analytical and took a role in data quality management. I fell in love with data from the start, and my background in branch banking meant I knew how to translate data into reality. I’ve always seen data as a way of codifying and understanding customer behaviour.

Twenty years later I am still passionate about data management, and now more people understand how our day to day lives are translated in data – every swipe, every purchase, every check-in. My goal is to organise data better, so we can use it more effectively to provide insightful and relevant service at low cost.

What has fuelled my career is my ability to understand the technicalities of data and bring it to life through stories. My greatest success was developing a data-driven customer profitability model which enabled the Group to sell TSB in 2011.

I mentor many of my colleagues across the gender spectrum, and I am also a mentor for the Prince’s Trust. I always push myself out of my comfort zone, guided by the words of Susan Jeffers ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ and my mantra is ‘say ‘yes’ to the universe’. I apply this to any opportunity that comes my way, even if I am terrified. Last year I volunteered at a data conference and the organisers asked me to chair it. I said yes (in spite of my terror) and it was a great experience.

I mentor many of my colleagues across the gender spectrum, and I am also a mentor for the Prince’s Trust. I always push myself out of my comfort zone, guided by the words of Susan Jeffers ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway’ and my mantra is ‘say ‘yes’ to the universe’. I apply this to any opportunity that comes my way, even if I am terrified. Last year I volunteered at a data conference and the organisers asked me to chair it. I said yes (in spite of my terror) and it was a great experience.

Gudrun Fedororich

As a co-organiser of Bristol Girl Geek Dinners it is great to have the opportunity to host another meeting.

Whose data is it? You and your Digital Footprint

What is a Digital Footprint?

Securing your digital footprint – common sense or hard work?

Practical steps and things to try

I am a Cyber Security specialist and Senior Manager at Lloyds Banking Group.  My first degree is in History of Art and my career path initially took me into sales, marketing, product management and training.  Experiencing the excitement and frustrations of technology as a user I saw an opportunity to move into creating and shaping solutions for others using my business knowledge.

I initiated my career switch through a conversion Masters at the University of the West of England in Information Technology.  Following progressive roles in programming, systems analysis and IT Disaster Recovery I found a natural home in the field of Cyber Security.  Today I have a wide ranging role focussed on cyber security strategy and consultancy working closely with specialists in Identity Management, Application Development, Digital Transformation and DevOps.  I am a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). 

When

Thursday 19th September 2019 – 6.30/7  – 9pm. Doors open at 18:30 talks start around 7pm

Where

Harbourside
10 Canons Way
Bristol
BS1 5LF

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This meetup is kindly sponsored by Lloyds Bank who are keen on supporting Diversity in Tech.

As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup) here Bristol Girl Geek Dinners

GGD #76 Digital Exclusion and Double Diamonds with BJSS

BJSS speakers

Svetlana Tarnagurskaja

Svetlana is a Capability Lead for Product Management and Analysis at BJSS.
Svetlana’s experience spans across various facets of technology delivery and product management. Over the course of the last decade she was involved in leading delivery teams for some of the biggest transformation programmes in the UK, advised a number of start-ups in fashion, insurance and property sectors combined with being a busy mum of two girls.
Svetlana is a passionate advocate of design thinking and agile and loves nothing more than being a part of a team of talented technologists and designers building a great product together.

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GGD #75 Smart usability testing on a budget and upskilling with JustEat

JustEat speakers

Speaker announcement ..


Swetha sethu-jones
Swetha is a Senior UX Researcher at Just Eat with experience of over 10 years’ experience and wide range of projects spanning mobile, web and connected TV platforms. She enjoys employing a variety of methodologies to further understanding of how people use technology, and how it meets their needs.

Swetha’s also an avid board-gamer, Organiser of Things and a proud feminist! She loves traveling to cool places and eating tasty food (preferably at the same time). She also co-organises a series of research meetups called The Research Thing, which you should come to, as there is free wine, beer and nibbles…

Smart usability testing on a budget
As businesses recognise the value of user research insights, more and more teams want to integrate regular user research and usability testing into their design process. Yet often they don’t have the time or budget for a fully-fledged usability testing programme. I’ll talk about the potential for quick and collaborative approaches to user research, and for project teams to engage directly in it, to deliver maximum value.

Maryia Radchuk

Maryia is a UI Engineer at Just Eat. She has a degree in banking and work experience as a bank clerk and customer support specialist in an online game company. Around three years ago she decided to change everything and become a Web Developer.

Do you really want to become a developer?

Maryia wants to talk about her journey as a self learner developer. This talk will be useful for people who want to start or switch their career and find out where to begin, what the learning options are, hear about potential pitfalls and struggles on the way.

Amarpreet Sandhu
Preet is a passionate Test Automation Engineer with over 10 years of experience, she cares deeply about building software that is fit for purpose and provides seamless user experience with minimum bugs.

At present, she is working as Principal Test Automation Engineer with Just Eat, leading QA in the consumer apps. Her role involves developing test strategies, overseeing automation testing, providing consultancy to teams for implementing test automation, defining best practices and encouraging the developers and testers to adopt those best practices for continuous improvement.

Outside work she loves traveling, listening to music and spending time with her 15-month-old son 🙂

How the role of QA has changed in Agile Teams?

I will be talking about how the role of QA has changed over the years, from being on the last line of defense to being an important member of team leading the best QA practices!

When

Thursday 23rd May 2019 – 6.30/7  – 9pm

Doors open at 18:30 talks start around 7pm

Where

This meetup is kindly sponsored by JustEat who are supporters of supporting Diversity in Tech.

Broad Quay in Central Bristol

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As always, we welcome men to our group, but to keep our audience predominantly female, we ask that all men are accompanied by a woman (just add a +1 on the meetup) here Bristol Girl Geek Dinners