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On 1st June 2019, Liverpool Football Club beat Tottenham Hotspurs 2-0 in Madrid, winning the UEFA Champions League.  This represents Liverpool’s 6th European Cup, with only Real Madrid and AC Milan having won the honour more times. It was an incredible achievement and a suitable reward for a season in which they came only 1 point away from winning the Premier League. When you look at Liverpool this season, it’s easy to see an incredible “togetherness” of the squad – a team of highly skilled individuals operating around a common goal, passionately working for each other.

I was recently shortlisted for a Data Leader of the Year award from DataIQ – it’s an incredible honour, and I’m immensely grateful to the judges for shortlisting me. However, I’m very aware that there’s no way I’d be shortlisted for such an award without the amazing team of Data Scientists and Data Engineers at Mango that I’m privileged to work with on a daily basis.  For the last 16 years, my business partner and I have been building a highly skilled team capable of delivering data-led value, and I’m continually delighted by the passion and dedication shown by this amazing group of people.

This team of over 35 amazing Data Science and Data Engineer professionals, with a combined total of over 200 years of commercial experience, can achieve amazing things. As I write this, this team is currently engaged in a range of projects from helping a major retailer build a world-class data science capability, helping a traditional insurance transform to a data-driven organisation, helping the UK Government to modernise their analytic platforms and workflows, building a next-best-action engine for a major financial organisation, advising a government department on their data strategy, and contributing to open source projects.

So, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to the team and thank them for their passion and excellence – I’m incredibly proud to be able to work with you all.

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We are delighted to announce that Helen Hunter, Chief Data Officer at Sainsbury’s will deliver the opening keynote address at this year’s London EARL conference.

As Chief Data Officer at Sainsbury’s plc, Helen’s remit is to maximise the value of the Group’s data asset: democratising access and finding creative ways to unlock its insight potential in support of Sainsbury’s strategy to ‘know our customers better than anyone else’

Over the last 8 years at Sainsbury’s in roles including Director of Innovation, and Director of Data and Relationship Marketing, Helen has brought to bear her experience of navigating large organisations to develop products and propositions at the intersection of data, digital, technology, performance marketing and loyalty. These have included Sainsbury’s Band Match and Sainsbury’s new Nectar.

Helen thrives on solving problems and delivering innovation by building both products and people. She relishes a blank sheet of paper against a clear strategic outcome and happily rolls her sleeves up to do the unglamorous housework of implementation. And supports people to be their best and realise their ambitions.

Before joining Sainsbury’s, Helen held roles at emnos, Home Retail Group, Woolworths Group, and Kingfisher, having read modern history at Oxford. She lives in central London with two young children (6 and 2) and is a fan of skiing, sci-fi and European crime drama.

Joining Helen to deliver a keynote address in the conference opening session will be Julia Silge, Data Scientist from Stack Overflow.

In addition to these brilliant keynote speakers, the conference agenda features a whole host of speakers from a variety of industries presenting on how they are using R to solve business challenges.

Please see the EARL website for more information, and don’t forget we have early bird tickets at a discounted price for a limited time!

We hope you will join us in September.

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As part of Mango’s commitment to attracting, developing and retaining excellent people in fulfilling roles, we are delighted to announce that we have recently become a signatory of the Tech Talent Charter.

The Tech Talent Charter (TTC) is a commitment by organisations to a set of undertakings that aim to deliver greater diversity in the tech workforce of the UK. Signatories of the charter make a number of pledges in relation to their approach to recruitment and retention. This covers both organisations in the technology sector itself, and organisations across all other sectors, who have employees in digital roles

Along with other members of the charter, Mango has made a number of pledges:

  • Have a senior signatory to serve externally as the public face of TTC and People internally as its sponsor
  • Have a plan to improve diversity and inclusion within the company
  • Work actively to share with the TTC best practice and what works or what doesn’t
  • Contribute employment diversity data into a common central anonymised database, published publicly in an annual report.

Talking about the charter, TTC CEO Debbie Forster said: “It’s vital for the industry to come together as a whole to do more to show females that a career in technology is incredibly rewarding, to increase the number of females working within the industry, to attract people who are considering a career change, and to encourage younger generations to consider these careers from the word go. One single company can’t do it alone, which is why we’re asking organisations to pledge their support for the Tech Talent Charter and join us on our exciting journey.”

At Mango, we are committed to creating greater gender diversity in the tech workforce of the UK, one that provides equality and opportunity for all.  A number of our Mango’s attend and organise RLadies – the first R programming meetup for Minority Genders in the UK promoting diversity & inclusivity in STEM/Data Science.  Women in Data is a NFP organisation dedicated to encouraging and promoting women in Data Science at every stage of their careers.  Mango have presented workshops at each of their summits since 2016.

We believe a varied workforce brings varied perspectives, encourages innovation and creates a more welcoming work environment – and one that reflects our clients. We have always strived for diversity at Mango and welcome the opportunity under the Tech Talent Charter to audit our own processes, look for ways to improve and share best practice with the other signatories.

Interested in the work of Tech Talent Charter? Sign up here. You can also keep up to date with their latest news and events on Twitter and LinkedIn.

If you’d like to join the Mango team, take a look at the positions we have currently.


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We’ve been to some incredible evening reception venues over the past few years – The Tower of London, HMS Belfast, The Imperial War Museum and a cruise down the Thames! Every year our attendees tell us how valuable the conference networking opportunities are, and our evening reception is the perfect occasion to chat with other friendly R users over a few drinks and find out how they use R.

This year we are excited to announce we will be visiting Proud Embankment on the evening of Wednesday 11 September.

We will be travelling in style to the venue in vintage double-decker red London buses, upon arrival we will be greeted by the wonderfully stylish and decadent venue, followed by free drinks and canapés. We are pulling out all the stops this year and we will be treating you to some of London’s best cabaret performers.

But what makes our EARL Conference evening receptions is YOU! We are proud to run an event that supports a community as friendly and welcoming as the R community. If you’d like to join us please visit the EARL website for more information, and don’t miss out on our early bird ticket offers.