Previous Winners

2018 winners

BHBIA Ethics & Compliance Committee

This year we decided to recognise outstanding contribution in a slightly different way – rather than making an award to an individual, we took the opportunity to say thank you to a team who have truly gone the extra mile – that is: the BHBIA Ethics & Compliance Committee.

The big challenge for the team over the last year has, of course, been dealing with the complexities of GDPR, providing interpretation and guidance and giving our members a voice in discussions with the data protection authorities, work that’s still ongoing. At the same time, the team worked with the ABPI to finalise significant changes to adverse reporting guidance, and all this was on top of delivering the usual programme of updates and training.

There are a large number of individuals involved, and this dedicated team have put in many hours for the benefit of BHBIA members.

Congratulations to the whole team! This award includes everyone who was on the Committee during any part of 2018, so recognises the leadership of both Rachel Medcalf, who stepped down as Chair in May, and Matt Beckett who currently heads the team, as well as all the individual members.

Matt Beckett accepts the award from Board member Jenny Dawson

2017 winner

Lee Ronan, CSL (CompuFile Systems Ltd)

Lee has been a real champion this past year in raising the profile of business analytics within the BHBIA membership.

He had an instrumental role as part of the team that developed the new Analyst of the Year BOBI category - which included pulling together the task and submission criteria and organising a team of relevant industry experts to appraise the categories. A very successful year for a new BOBI category.

He is also a key member of the BOBI Best Newcomer organising team.

Lee has this year, like many years previously, been an avid supporter and contributor to the Analytics foundation training course as a speaker and convener.

Congratulations to Lee.

Lee accepts the award from BHBIA Chair Nick Coolican Smith

2016 winners

John Aitchison - First Line Research

Melanie Bayley - deFacto Research

Both John and Melanie were nominated for the leadership and guidance they’ve provided to the Respondent Engagement Task force, as joint Chairs of this group.

The amount of time, effort and commitment that both John and Mel have put into helping the task force progress has been truly impressive.

Along with the overall vision, they have provided guidance and direction to the various sub-teams and have invested significant personal resources to ensure the research has been completed to a level that can be peer reviewed and set an example for other countries to follow.

We will be hearing lots more from the Response Rates Task Force over the coming weeks, as the findings and recommendations of the group are published.

Congratulations to John and Mel.

John and Mel accept their award

2015 winners

Alison Buchanan - Alison Buchanan Associates

Over the course of 2015 Alison has once again made a huge contribution to the BOBI Awards. The success of the Best Newcomer event owes much to her excellent organisation and leadership skills and she still finds time to support other BHBIA initiatives.

Alison accepts her award

Wilf Iliffe - 14 Four Analytics

Wilf has been nominated for his significant and positive contribution to the BHBIA. He plays a full part in the organisation’s activities, including regularly speaking at analytics training courses and chairing the BOBI Committee with wisdom and enthusiasm.

Wilf Iliffe

Angela Thornton - ACT Research

Angela volunteered to act as secretary of the Ethics & Compliance Committee and has done an excellent job of drawing together the activity of the various workstreams and keeping everyone on track. And all of this with good humour and a smile.

Angela accepts her awardd from BHBIA Deputy Chair, Paul Ward.

2014 winner

Paula Walker, Eli Lilly & Co.

Paula has been nominated for being the “driving force in the development of the compliance and ethics processes within the BHBIA”, in her role as Ethics Lead. She led the way in identifying and delivering solutions that enable the industry to meet high ethical standards at the same time as delivering excellent performance. She is enthusiastic and passionate about the industry and her commitment to the BHBIA is well recognised.

Congratulations to Paula.

Paula accepts the award from BHBIA treasurer Chris Ehinger

2013 winners

Alison Buchanan, BHBIA Personal Member

Alison has been nominated for her energy, focus and single-minded determination to do the best job possible. She take a leading role in the Best Newcomer Awards, motivating and engaging the entrants, judges and organisers alike.

Alison accepts the award from BHBIA Chair Nick Coolican Smith


Neil Reynolds, medeConnect Healthcare Insight

Neil is nominated for his dedication to supporting and recognising excellence in Business Intelligence. He is a key driver in the development and continual delivery of the BOBI Newcomer Awards.

Neil accepts the award from BHBIA Chair Nick Coolican Smith

Steve North, insight 2 implement

Steve has been nominated for his ‘amazing’ input into the development and management of the BOBI awards. As well as co-ordinating the ‘BOBI Challenge’ he provides overall inspiration and direction as Chair of the BOBI Steering Committee.

Steve accepts the award from BHBIA Chair Nick Coolican Smith