Thirty-plus years is a long time to work for one organisation, but that’s how long I’ve been at Barclays. Starting my career in the branch network, I then spent 12 years as a project manager. Over that period, I gradually became more focused on regulatory and data-related projects, covering areas such as external reporting to the FCA, KYC monitoring and data quality. This led to a role in the Information Business within Barclays, where for the past five years I’ve been looking at all aspects of data, from quality to the use of data and how we communicate that to customers. This is definitely the most exciting role I have had in Barclays - it’s great to be able to put my data knowledge to use in a new and rapidly-developing area of the business.
I think that being the first person to win two DataIQ Talent Awards in one night would have to be up there!
Don’t be afraid to take a chance on trying something very different when applying for new roles - I’ve done it a couple of times now and it’s always turned out even better than I imagined.
I’m not really sure what I expected, but I think that the preparatory work we did for GDPR has meant that there’s been little adverse impact following introduction of the regulations.
I’m sure there will be more challenges and even more focus on the ways in which big companies are using data.
It’s not just about the new and exciting opportunities that exist here, but also the culture within the Information Business and the programmes we have to develop and retain talent. We have an internal development academy and a number of other initiatives to offer ongoing development and new challenges.
I really believe that data can be a force for good, as long as we remain focused on customer expectations and use their data for the benefit of them and society as a whole.