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At Cloudera we strive to promote the diversity of our communities and foster an environment where everyone feels they can be their authentic selves. We want to showcase the incredible talent that we come into contact with on a daily basis amongst our teams and clients. That’s why we are proud to share the first of our virtual series of events, where we will be celebrating the influential women behind the data strategies of some of the UK's most influential organisations.

Our first session features Helen Davis, Assistant Director of IT & Digital at West Midlands Police. The second largest police force in Britain, the West Midlands force covers an area of 348 square miles and serves 
a population of almost 2.8 million! 

Hear how Helen has forged a successful path through an industry where women make up less than 10% of the senior leadership team. In a police force first, Davis has been instrumental in transforming the team's digital strategy, helping to use data in a way which has significantly improved operations. Now hiring its own data scientists, data engineers and visualisation specialists, West Midlands Police even has its own bespoke data ethics committee! 

Attend this session to hear first hand from Helen about:

  • Her individual achievements within her career and within West Midlands Police

  • Innovative ways West Midlands Police are using Cloudera, including making complex data searches much faster, so checks that once took minutes, can now be completed on the front line, in a matter of seconds!

  • The challenges Helen has faced working within the police force and the tech industry

  • The West Midland Police strategy to create a diverse workplace

  • Helen's recommendations on what other organisations can do better to be more inclusive

There will also be a live Q&A where you can put your questions directly to Helen. 

Register now to secure your seat!



Senior Solutions Engineer, Cloudera

Ana Gillan


As Senior Solutions Engineer, Ana works with some of the largest companies in the world to navigate the complexities of cloud and big data on their journey to the cloud. Ana is passionate about the role that data security and governance have to play in building trust and transparency in new technology services, a topic that has increasing economic and societal importance. She is also an active voice on diversity and inclusion in the world of tech, regularly speaking openly about her own experiences in order to inspire the next generation. In her global role as Cloudera’s subject matter expert on shared data experience, Ana promotes knowledge sharing and best practices to ensure we continue to pioneer a sustainable, secure future for data and the cloud.

Assistant Director IT & Digital, West Midlands Police

Helen Davis


Helen has worked within IT transformational change programmes across the public sector for over 20 years. Previously she has worked at HRMC, held a number of positions across the NHS and joined West Midlands Police initially in 2009 where she carried out a number of business and technology transformation consultancy roles. Helen returned to West Midlands Police as a permanent member of staff in 2016 and became the Director of IT and Digital in June 2017. Helen is currently leading West Midland Police through the IT elements of a challenging programme of large scale transformational change which is digital by design, and sees the Force introducing cutting-edge technology across a number of core business areas including a Big Data Platform with advanced Data Analytics. Helen has 136 staff within her department and she is also a member of the National Police IT Council.

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