Hastings Direct Networking event in collaboration with Women in Data®

Wednesday 5th October 2022

This event will be an opportunity for data professionals to network and hear from Hastings Direct colleagues on using AI to drive equality in business. Our panel of women will also be sharing their various experiences of building a career in data, including challenges and successes.

Event overview

  • Networking, drinks & canapés
  • Introduction and welcome from Tom Gumbrell Managing Director, Underwriting Services
  • Presentation on how AI can help drive equality, understanding the impact of human bias in AI and how to counteract itPadraic Sheerin
  • Hastings Women in Data panel – hosted by Katie Tozer with panel guests – Angela Ambler, Hye Ju Jung, Laura Marian and Hebe Gilham.

Our colleagues will share their career stories including what has worked well for them, challenges they have faced and how they proactively manage their career including working with life changes

Networking continues until close of event.

Date: 5th October 2022
Location: 99 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3XD.


Angela Ambler

Director of Underwriting & Delivery

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Angela is Director of Underwriting Delivery & Change for Hastings Direct and is responsible for deploying into live the regular pricing updates that are the output of extensive data analytics. 

Having worked with data throughout her career, Angela has led data analytics teams focused on unlocking the potential of data to enhance credit decisioning and affordability assessments using vast sets of transactional and customer-level data.  She has also led teams that enable the use of data in live customer journeys, and teams that have been responsible for creating easy access to data on analytics platforms. 

Angela has seen first-hand the benefit of data in transforming customer experience and optimising business decisions, and she is passionate about finding ways to speed up the route to live of data opportunities. 


Recognising that there are many roles in the end-to-end lifecycle of data, evidenced by her own squiggle career in data, Angela is a keen promoter of the different avenues a career in data can take.

Hebe Gilham

Hebe Gil

Data Engineer

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Hebe started her journey in data when she opted to study Mathematics at university. Graduating with a First-Class Honours degree from the University of Sussex, she then found herself a short placement at a not-for-profit enterprise in Hastings as a business analyst. This experience along with her analytic modules at university prepared her for her initial position at Hastings Direct – Pricing Analyst within the Commercial team. Here she learnt the majority of her technical skills, including coding in R and SQL, as well as how best to present data and make pricing changes. Unfortunately, after approximately two years in this role, Hebe’s career was interrupted as she fell ill with the condition Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). After a year of attempted recovery, Hebe managed to recommence work (part-time) and also switched her role to Data Engineer after realising where her passions lie. She is now gradually increasing her hours, enjoying work, and is optimistic about progressing her future career in data.

Hye Ju Jung

Hye Ju Jung

Pricing Analyst

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Ju recently completed a Data Science Graduate programme at Hastings Direct and is currently a

Pricing Analyst in the Growth Products team within the Retail Pricing department. The role includes reviewing pricing performances and modelling structures to find new opportunities of growth as well as using statistical and analytical approaches to answer strategic business questions. Ju is currently working on implementing a multi-bike scheme in our optimisation platform and building a new Market Model for Home.

LinkedIn: Hye Ju Jung

Katie Tozer LI

Katie Tozer

Data Operations Team Lead

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Katie Tozer joined Hastings Direct at the beginning of 2021 as the Data Operations Team Leader for the Telematics Team.

Katie studied Mathematics with Business at the University of Brighton and went on to gain a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics, which she utilised as Head of Mathematics at an Autistic Special Needs Secondary School.

Whilst studying, Katie worked as a rock-climbing instructor, event harpist and private tutor. Following her time in teaching, she took the step to work in Switzerland at the International Scout Centre as a Seasonal Staff member. After returning to the UK, she picked up a role at West Sussex County Council Children’s Services as an Information Assistant, working her way up to Data Analyst.


Laura Marian

Laura Marian

Data Scientist

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Laura is a data scientist at Hastings Direct, applying various machine learning techniques to develop

models relevant to the insurance industry.   Before joining Hastings Direct, Laura was a data scientist on a project sponsored by the Scottish Government and UNICEF, with the goal to find data sources pertaining to the socio-economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on children.

Most of Laura’s career has been in an academic environment, including a postdoctoral fellow at DISCUS, the Data Intensive Centre of the University of Sussex. Prior to Laura’s transition to data science, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Astrophysics at the University of Sussex and the University of Bonn. Laura received her doctoral degree in Astrophysics from the University of Pennsylvania, and bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Bucharest.



Padraic Sheerin

Director of Underwriting Technical Pricing & Data

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Padraic is a seasoned data scientist with 10+ years experience building data and machine learning teams in the insurance industry. 

As Director of Underwriting Technical Pricing & Data at Hastings Direct, he is responsible for leading data scientists, data engineers and actuaries to advance pricing sophistication and fraud controls.

Padraic previously founded machine learning groups for Allstate & Prudential Financial with a focus on risk selection, credit scoring, fraud detection, consumer demand modelling and optimization of distribution footprints.  Padraic also co-founded a London-based fintech startup, which used AI and behavioural science to make saving and investing money much easier for the mobile generation.

Padraic is a Mathematics graduate from Queen’s University, Belfast. He holds a patent for insurance product innovation and is a previous winner of NI Young Business Person of the Year.


Tom Gumbrell

Managing Director of Underwriting Services

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Tom has worked at Hastings Direct for 24 years and currently leads our Pricing and Underwriting teams.

He started his career in the call centre at Hastings and through a series of internal promotions, joined the executive committee 3 years ago.

Tom is passionate about using data to achieve better outcomes for customers and is on a quest to ensure that safe drivers are rewarded with low insurance premiums.

Tom is a mentor on the 30% club mentoring programme, supporting diversity in senior leadership and is also the Hastings executive committee sponsor for social mobility.

Tom has a spreadsheet for everything, including how to cook the Christmas dinner (ingredients, timings, oven temperatures etc.)

Yiru Xiong

Yiru Xiong

Data Scientist

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Yiru is an experienced Data Scientist at Hastings Direct. Yiru has demonstrable experience of working in the insurance industry. Highly skilled in Pricing and Data Analytics, Advanced Analytical Modelling, and Machine Learning, Yiru is a maths and engineering professional with a Master of Science (MSc) focused on Business Analytics from University of Warwick and a Bachelor degree of Computer Science from University of Nottingham.