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Data Analysts’ Conference close to selling out

Friday 5th February 2016

With the countdown to the inaugural National Data Analysts’ Conference now well underway, two further speakers have been confirmed and the event looks certain to be fully subscribed.

David Williams, independent motoring journalist, and Marie Woltman, safer travel officer with Devon County Council, will speak at the conference, themed Joining the Dots, which takes place on 1 March at the Royal College of Surgeons in central London.

The conference is being organised by Road Safety GB in partnership with Road Safety Analysis, and with support from the DfT.

While some additional delegate places have recently been made available, many of these have already been snapped up with just a small number remaining.

The programme will draw on a number of industry experts to demonstrate how a variety of data sources, analytical approaches and research methodologies can build the evidence base for good policy, compelling journalism and great intervention design.

David Williams has been a motoring journalist for 30 years, writing for the Evening Standard, Daily Express, Sunday Express, Telegraph, Times and Independent. His work has earned him a number of accolades including ‘Motoring Writer of the Year’ and ‘Road Safety Writer of the Year’.  

David will use his experience of interpreting statistics as a journalist to provide guidance for analysts on how to best present their information to ensure maximum public engagement.  

Marie Woltman is an analyst and intelligence officer whose work underpins road safety operations and highways engineering for Devon County Council and its partner agencies. Marie is principally responsible for Devon’s Annual Road Safety Statistics Review and regularly undertakes detailed specialist data reports on different road safety themes including cyclists, motorcycles and route and geographical area analysis.

Honor Byford, chair of Road Safety GB, said: “With input from the fields of academia, public policy, journalism and public health, the agenda promises a day that will inspire and challenge practitioners and researchers alike.

“Perspectives will also highlight the way in which data is being used within European and national governments, devolved administrations, local authorities and third sector organisations.”

Click here to register to attend the conference.


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