Alison Whitaker

London, United Kingdom, United Kingdom

Analytics Consultant, Tableau

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Alison works as part of the Professional Services team in Tableau's London office.

She works in the between space of technology and decision making, and loves to apply cognitive science principles to dashboards. She is experienced in designing and implementing projects of all sizes in enabling others to make clearer and more confident decisions.

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Alison is particularly interested in working with organisations in the creative industries, arts & cultural heritage, media and sport.

Alison joined Tableau in 2017. Previous to this she designed and delivered national research projects for Nesta and Arts Council England in the UK as well as developing a sector benchmarking tool for the Australian arts sector. In 2015 she was the first Data Scientist in Residence for the Arts, working with the Barbican Centre and Royal National Theatre designing and prototyping visual tools for decision making. She has served on a higher education standards board for 6 years and her work spanning biomechanics, to public health, to data science has been presented at institutions such as Oxford University and the British Museum as well as published in international peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

During the 2012 London Olympics, Alison delivered a national public health project combining behavioral economics and technology with global media coverage. Following on from that success, she went on to focus on how technology can be used to inform decision making and has managed projects spanning hundreds of organisations with objectives to change how people collect, understand and utilize data strategically.