Virginia is an expert in analytics, data mining and developing business strategies for data and analytics functions. She has over twenty years’ experience across many industry sectors; including aviation, transport, manufacturing, medicine and futures trading.
Virginia has been deeply involved in helping businesses solve their problems through the use of analytics and data mining. She is skilled at converting business problems into solvable frameworks and has the ability to then translate complex concepts into relevant business language and communicate this clearly.
Her particular interest is in visual analytics and adapting existing data mining algorithms to solve customers’ key business problems, principally in the transport and infrastructure sectors. She has a depth of experience in data visualization, text data mining and developing new data analysis methodologies that can adapt to each organisation’s unique data.
Virginia has held senior leadership roles for over 10 years and has been very successful in building and developing effective teams, as well as interacting and influencing Senior Executives / C-suite stakeholders in both the public and private sectors. She has built hundreds of successful relationships throughout her career; from government regulators and policy-makers to universities, media, not-for-profit organisations, senior leaders in corporations and peers in many professional disciplines.
In the policy arena, Virginia led Boeing and the aviation industry’s response to proposed carbon and greenhouse gas legislation in Australia. She also successfully engaged with The Boeing Company’s C-Suite to communicate the implications for the company and the wider aviation and Defence sectors. On policy matters, Virginia has advised on public transport fare reviews, carbon tax and the evaluation of industrial research.
Virginia spent thirteen years of her career with The Boeing Company, where she held the roles of research statistician, Chief Mathematician (Australia), and Director (Boeing Australia Holdings). Prior to joining HoustonKemp, Virginia led the Bureau of Transport Statistics for the NSW Government where she had responsibility for leading a team of over 50 analysts and initiating projects such as visualizing public transaction data, measuring fare evasion and establishing an organisation-wide analytics strategy.
Virginia holds a PhD in data mining (statistics and computer science), a BMath (Honours) from the University of Wollongong, and a GradDip in Epidemiology from University of Newcastle. She has also undertaken postgraduate study in Executive Management at The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and is currently enrolled in a Graduate Certificate in Change Management at AGSM (UNSW). Virginia holds a US Patent for an algorithm she designed using ‘black box’ aircraft data to predict future maintenance requirements and hence reduce operating costs for airlines.