I’ve been a Business Analyst for a long time, since before it was really even something you could use in a conversation and have people understand what it meant. Before that – for the first 8 years or so – I did a number of technical roles – I started out typing Auto Trader, worked as an Admin guy, a DBA, a data-warehousing guy, then an MI Manager… there’s a long list.
It was at that point that I discovered that Business Analysis was a distinct ‘thing’, and realised I’d been doing it all that time, regardless of what my role had been. I then switched to Contract BA work for about ten years, working in pretty much every sector – retail, comms, finance, the public sector, education… it’s another long list. It’s fair to say I embrace change.
It was whilst working for the NHS that I first fell in love with online digital. After a two year stint as a Development Manager at a web agency, I decided that providing BA services to clients wanting digital projects was what I was best at. That’s what I’ve been doing ever since – I LOVE new ideas, and I’m always excited to have the next interface challenge, the next grand bespoke platform – it’s all I think about between family time and sleeping time.