Donna Forrest

Senior Bespoke Consultant

My career to date has been very varied and includes several years in Project Management, Business Analysis, Solution Design and Development roles. I’ve worked on projects ranging from implementing major ERP systems in multiple locations across the world to developing bespoke solutions to deliver specific niche processes. I’ve also been lucky enough to work in a wide range of different sectors including Higher Education, Health Care, Publishing, Supply Chain Management and Automotive.

Over the last few years I have focussed on data and analytics and I love it – it appeals to the amateur sleuth in me. From data extraction and transformation through to modelling, visualisation and using it to try and predict the future, it’s amazing to work on something where the business benefits and deliverables are so visible and immediate.

In this time I’ve worked with a range of external consultants, always from a client perspective. Sometimes this relationship has worked brilliantly … and others not so. I believe the difference lies in the fact that the good ones worked in partnership and genuinely cared about our objectives and delivery as much as we did. The reason I chose to switch camps and join Waterstons is because they firmly fit in this category.

Now that I’m here at Waterstons, I really enjoy the fact that one minute I can be working with an organisation to understand their strategic vision and the next minute, developing code which helps translate their vision into tangible solutions.

Outside of work, family life and friends keeps me busy. I’m a Beaver Scout Leader which means I get to run around a lot and try new activities all the time, which suits me perfectly. I also hold the title as the oldest beginner in my local karate school! At weekends between April and September, we like to get away in Bernie our very old VW Camper van – apologies if you ever get stuck behind me on a hill!

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