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Heather Dawe

Heather Dawe is a leading Data Scientist who has 20 years experience of working at both a strategic and technical level to develop information and intelligence systems and processes that enable the enhancement of business decision making, therefore improving outcomes and productivity.

Beginning her career as a Systems Developer and Designer in the telecommunications and retail industries, after eight years she made something of a career change, moving to the Department of Health and then the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to work as a Statistician. Since then Heather has combined her systems development and statistical skills to design and develop innovative data processing solutions and information products that facilitate data driven decision making. She is a recognised expert in healthcare intelligence, reflected in her work history and ongoing consultancy projects. As Clinical Indicator Programme Manager at the HSCIC she led on the development and national publication of numerous complex initatives, including the development of the Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator (SHMI) and the NHS Outcome Frameworks indicators.

Combined with her expert technical knowledge and skills base, Heather is a leader with considerable experience of the successful development of multi-disciplinary analytics teams. She is a firm believer and advocate of the ways in which high-performing analytics teams can strategicially planned, fostered and sustained using empathy, high levels of communication and emotional intelligence.

Heather has a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Leeds, an MSc in Statistics from the University of Sheffield and is in the final stages of writing up her PhD thesis at the University of Leeds.


"I have enjoyed working for, and with, Heather for 5 years in various roles. Heather has a real thirst to learn new skills that compliment her truly expert data analysis skills. Working as part of her team at HSCIC I was given freedom to explore and develop my own skills to enhance and compliment the team, strengthening what we could achieve together. Whilst Heather's background is in health, we have also worked with her to develop insight on cycling with some great data visualisations produced using a range of tools. Heather would compliment any organisation or project team who is looking for analysis, strategic thinking, and understanding how to build effective multidisciplinary teams."

Mark Barrett, Director, Hebeworks

"Heather is a talented analyst and data scientist who is that rare combination of being technically expert but also understanding the real world and able to apply her skills in ways that answer ‘real world problems’."

Dr Mark Davies, Chief Medical Officer (Europe), IBM