Katie Barker Ward

Senior Data and Analytics Consultant

I joined Waterstons in 2016

and the rest is history…

…well not quite. Working in IT, people are often surprised to hear that I have a History degree. My degree focussed on gathering various kinds of information from numerous sources, examining and analysing that information, understanding the broader picture and finally bringing that information into one document or a presentation – the same skillset required for Business Analysis processes, which forms much of our work here.

After university, the IT Manager of a North East Manufacturing company picked up my CV. He said that these skills suited a role on his team. Although I didn’t know much about IT (he was fully aware of this!) I joined the team and got stuck in, learning on the job. It was a challenging, but above all a rewarding way to start my career.

The fascination with IT was born…

I still remember, as a new IT employee, collecting a pre-booked ticket from the train station and finally understanding how integral IT was to my daily life – I’d never appreciated it before because I’d never understood the ‘inner workings’ of IT systems. It was an exciting realisation!

One of my favourite aspects of that first IT role was working with all departments across the business. I gained experience in areas of IT including data analysis, first and second line support and system support and implementation – I even crimped a few cables! The streamlining of processes through IT systems across the business captivated me and I always looked for opportunities for further improvement.

I am fortunate to have found a career that accommodates my desires to both analyse problems and create solutions, and to spend time with people.

I joined Waterstons as a Transformation Consultant (though my SQL skills have seen me working with the Bespoke BI team!). I’ve worked with sectors including Architects, Engineering and Construction; Retail and Leisure; Manufacturing; and Charity. My experience includes project health checks, project and programme management, IT strategies, system selections and business process reviews.

Outside of work

A steady long run helps me wind down – I’ve done the Edinburgh Marathon and I’m trying to persuade my husband to do ‘Tourism by Marathons’. He’s not keen. Yet. I didn't grow up in the North East so the big open spaces are a treat to venture into. I like to maintain a creative outlet through arty activities, music or cooking. Most precious of all is spending time with family and friends.


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