My intent with this site is to share useful analytic ideas and tools - from basic to advanced - that have made my work easier and fun.

Current Employment

I am a research VP in Gartner’s finance practice. I currently use quantitative and qualitative research methods to answer hard questions for chief financial officers and their finance teams. I have been in a related role at CEB (now Gartner) for thirteen years, with visits to the worlds of product development and management, sales support and client advisory services.

I have a particular interest in the following management fields at large enterprises:

  • Growth investment management, specficially why so many companies are bad at it;
  • Financial, and shared services organizational design;
  • Financial forecasting;
  • Financial analytics, including data management;
  • Financial talent acquisition and development.

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Analytics & Data Science

While I have worked with quantitative teams throughout my career, in 2017 I embarked on a course of formal data science and business analytics training through a masters program at NYU’s Stern Business School. I have since developed a passion for data mining and machine learning. This set of notes is my attempt to give back to the global analytics community.

In the field of data science and analytics I have particular interests in the following areas:

  • Business applications of machine learning;
  • Text mining and analytics in business and non-business contexts (e.g. social media, news media, literature);
  • Data visualization and story-telling;
  • R and python for data science exploration and deployment;
  • Football (the British type) analytics.

Literature

I began my academic training in the Humanities. When I’m not working, writing these notes or spending time with my family, I enjoy reading. My top ten reads (in no particular order) are:

  1. The Master and Margarita, Mikhael Bulgakov
  2. The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Vladimir Nabokov
  3. The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  4. Zeno’s Conscience, Italo Svevo
  5. Birthday Letters, Ted Hughes
  6. The Alexandria Quartet, Lawrence Durrell
  7. The Good Soldier, Ford Madox Ford
  8. Our Man in Havana, Graham Greene
  9. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
  10. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce