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Jo Watts

Affiliate HiveMind Expert


The future lies in the accessible use of data

In a nutshell

Data and Analytics expert with a focus on pragmatics data strategy definition, data science delivery and data skills enhancement


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Data Governance

Credit Risk

Data Management

Data Science Analytics

Data Quality

Data Strategy

Data Visualisation

Data Architecture


Tech For Good


Workplace Education

Nominated by

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HM Expert since

Monday March 16, 2020


I have nearly 20 years experience, mainly in Financial Service across a broad range of data and analytics leadership, data governance and data science delivery. I have a technical background with a PhD in Astrophysics and a stint as a software developer.

I currently run Effini, a data science company based in Edinburgh, a data science company that focuses on providing data strategy and data science support to start-ups and SMEs.

I am very involved in data skills development and have designed courses and learning materials to support improvements in data science and data literacy from schoolchildren to practising data scientists.

Current role details

As founder of Effini:
* Data strategy development and delivery for a wide range of clients and sectors
*University of Edinburgh – development of data science learning materials for schools
* Sustainably – a fintech for good startup – Data Lead
* Topolytics – a waste management startup – Data Lead

Current board positions:
* The Datalab – Scotland’s innovation centre for data – Governance board member
* GAMSTOP – The National Online Self-Exclusion Scheme – Independent Non-Executive Director

Roles & Results

Sustainably - Data Lead (Show / Hide Details)

Requirements / Actions
Development and delivery of data strategy for fintech startup. Developed data model. Set up governance structure.
Delivery and Achievements
Ensured startup was built on firm data foundations. Set up reporting capabilities. Ensured compliance.

CodeClan - Course Designer (Show / Hide Details)

Requirements / Actions
Developed course structure and lesson level learning outcomes. Managed team of content writers.
Delivery and Achievements
Designed and delivered a full-time 14-week Data Analysis course.

Williams & Glyn / RBS - Head of Customer Analytics (Show / Hide Details)

Requirements / Actions
Set up and led a joint onshore/offshore analytics team in multiple locations. Ownership of 5 critical marketing systems through separation activities.
Delivery and Achievements
Ensured both BAU and Programme activities were supported whilst separating and building a bank.

RBS - Retail Bank Data Governance Lead (Show / Hide Details)

Requirements / Actions
Set up a data governance capability from scratch within the RBS Retail Bank. Set up a data remediation capability for key data items.
Delivery and Achievements
Created a data management/governance capability where none previously existed. Ensured compliance with new data management policy.

RBS - Risk Systems Delivery Manager (Show / Hide Details)

Requirements / Actions
Requirements definition for a new risk decisioning platform. Management of testing and testing team.
Delivery and Achievements
Built a fully-tested decisioning capability for credit risk application scorecards.

Industry Experience

Financial Services


regional Experience