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Date(s) - 16/09/2014
2:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Mac's Function Centre, Cable Room




Event Theme: Managing Analytics Teams

The spring Wellington Analytics Forum event is sponsored by Optimation and held at the Mac’s Function Centre.


Managing people is hugely rewarding, but often quite challenging.  Managing analytics teams will have some unique challenges – analysts by nature are highly data literate and analytical – but, beyond that, they’re as diverse as any other team in a business.

This Analytics NZ event is focused around discovering how to get the best out of our analytics teams.  We’ll hear from three speakers who not only have years of experience in managing analysts, but also have a genuine passion for doing this well.  We’ll also get a first look at the results of our survey, to see if we can uncover the world of the analytics professional….


Andrew Kerr, Meridian Energy

Andrew Rae, ACC

Finlay Thompson, Dragonfly Science


Rough Agenda:

2.15      Welcome, Agenda and Speaker Introduction

3.30      Afternoon tea break and your chance to network

4.00-5.00    Session continues – Plus the opportunity to ask any burning questions

Followed by networking drinks from 5pm


There is no charge but a limited number of spaces available, so sign up today to join us in either Wellington or Auckland.

Speaker bios:

Andrew Kerr is Regulatory Affairs Manager at Meridian Energy

He has managed analytics teams for half of his 20-years working mainly on energy sector issues. His past roles have all included: commonsense, systems thinking, an ounce of creativity, and mathematical modelling in extreme cases.  

If you start talking about decision-making in uncertain times or how to get a team performing well, Andrew will be interested (so long as there aren’t too many equations).Andrew will share his thoughts on two topics: managing teams of analysts, and analysts managing teams.


Andrew Rae is the Manager of Strategic Intelligence and Analytics at ACC, New Zealand’s no fault injury insurance scheme.

He leads an analytics team of ten that is focused on Injury prevention for the Corporation and manages staff from a wide range of skill sets. Andrew has a Masters in Management Science / Operations Research from the University of Canterbury and has worked in Wellington for more than 17 years for organisations such as Telecom, PwC and Statistics New Zealand.


Finlay Thompson is the Chief Data Scientist at Dragonfly Science

Dragonfly are a specialist data analysis company, valuing excellent, innovative work, carried out in an inclusive way. Each of us has a PhD in a scientific discipline and significant experience in our own field. Together we have a broad range of skills to draw on and apply to diverse problems. We like the challenge of complex issues. Our research backgrounds, and our expertise in software development gives us the flexibility to tailor our service to the particular needs of each client.

Dragonfly Science are committed to the scientific ethics of independence and integrity. We support principles of openness in sharing results, engaging with peer review and collaboration. Our aim is to provide the information necessary for robust public debate and effective management, leading to better outcomes for society and the environment.


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