wid meet ups
12th September – dunnhumby

12th September – dunnhumby
Women in Data UK and dunnhumby are pleased to invite you to WiD UK’s first North West meet-up. A panel session with specialists from dunnhumby, HSBC and We Are Discounts will explore flexible and co-location working.

Sessions and Topics

Caroline Pankhurst, Transformational coach and psychology scholar – an interactive session

Join us for a panel discussion on the theme of flexible and co-location working. Looking at what this means for development across multiple locations.

Hosted by Luce Carter, Software Developer at dunnhumby

Blake Ryan, Global Head of Architecture at dunnhumby
Alex Meakin, Engineering Director at dunnhumby
Sarah Schlobohm, Senior Analytics Manager at HSBC
Lindsay Pellow, Head of Member Data & Insight at The Co-op

Location and times
When: 17.30 – 20.30 on Thursday, 12 September 2019
Where: City Tower, Piccadilly Plaza, 19th & 23rd Floor, Manchester, M1 4BT
Who should attend:  Intermediate-level Data Scientists and Analysts


Name: Luce Carter, Software Developer at dunnhumby

Name: Caroline Pankhurst, Transformational coach and psychology scholar

Title: Interactive session


Caroline Pankhurst is a transformational coach and psychology scholar who founded her company Be Braver to enable as many women as she can to fear less. She enables women to achieve more by finding Clarity, knowing confidence and gaining the Courage to Be Braver.

Described by Radio 5 as a ‘woman who goes her own way’ she has also been described as ‘a sassy, ballsy focussed and inspirational leader with a sharp mind and quick wit’

From 20 years experience delivering brand, digital and technological solutions that transformed customer experiences, improved commercial performance and developed strong leaders she is passionately resolute that no woman is ordinary. We are all extra-ordinary and we are all everyday HERoes.

A Pankhurst by deedpoll not birth, and an advocate for gender equality and diversity, Caroline sits alongside Helen Pankhurst, the Great Granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst on the steering committee for GM4Women2028 and is driving a newly launched data driven initiative to make Greater Manchester the best city for Gender Equality.

A member of the British Psychological Society, BIMA, IOD and most importantly the Whisky Society, she has worked extensively in sectors including in financial services, media, charity, telecoms, retail, FMCG.


Bravery is a behaviour that can be practiced and improved so we can make greater gains and grow bigger and better. In understanding ourselves and our teams better, in recognising how we have already been brave, taken risks, been resilient, learnt and grown, we can learn how to Be Braver still – to realise and achieve new horizons and visions that would seem unachievable if we didn’t believe we were brave, bold, courageous and audacious.

The fact is we were born brave. Our first step was courageous, uncertain, and we had to pick ourselves up time and time again as we fell, failed forwards and learned from our mistakes.

Join Caroline in this unique interactive session exploring bravery and courage.

Name: Blake Ryan, Head of Platform Development and Acting Global Head of Architecture, dunnhumby


Blake leads the creation of dunnhumby’s Application, Data and Science Platform. This enables dunnhumby’s products and services and underpins its Customer Data Science Platform. As acting Global Head of Architecture, he works across dunnhumby to align technology and business strategies.

Blake has more than 20 years of experience across software engineering, architecture, science and data. Previous to joining dunnhumby, Blake led software development at KSS Retail, a Manchester based tech start-up. He also worked for Motorola Australia Software Centre in various software engineering roles.

Name: Alex Meakin, Engineering Director, dunnhumby


Experienced Software Engineering Director with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry.

Skilled in Enterprise Software Development, Architecture, Agile Methodologies, Management and Delivery.

Name: Sarah Schlobohm, Senior Analytics Manager, Financial Crime Compliance, HSBC


Sarah Schlobohm is a Senior Analytics Manager at HSBC, leading a team of data analysts fighting financial crime. Her team focuses on innovation, automation, and optimisation of the key models used globally to detect and prevent money laundering. Sarah has 18 years’ experience as a data scientist, with the last 8 years focused on financial services. After a PhD in particle physics as a member of an international collaboration that provided evidence for the discovery of the Higgs boson, Sarah joined PWC’s data assurance team and became a chartered accountant. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (EU) and is passionate about data science ethics.

Name: Lindsay Pellow, Head of Data, Insight and Analytics, We Are Discounts


Lindsay Pellow is Head of Data, Insight and Analytics at We Are Discounts, based in Wigan.  After originally planning to be a doctor but not getting the right grades, Lindsay did a maths degree then stumbled into a career in data in a home shopping company whose call centre she’d had a weekend job with, and 20 years later is still in the same field!

A North West based data leader with experience in the retail and financial services industries, Lindsay started work in Operational Research at Littlewoods in Liverpool before switching industries to financial services and HSBC in Chester where she progressed to Senior Analytics Manager before returning to retail at The Co-op in Manchester with stints in Data Management and Data Science. Currently in her first month at We Are Discounts she is enjoying the new challenge of being responsible for all things data in a small, fast paced company.

As passionate about people development as she is data, Lindsay is a strong advocate of equality, particularly relating but not limited to gender.