Ian Wallis

Deputy Director, People Analytics & Insight


Ian Wallis has over 30 years’ experience in data and analytics as both a permanent and interim senior leader across 12 industry sectors, delivering some of the UK’s largest data and analytics transformation programmes in the private and public sectors. Ian has a strong focus on how to deliver strategy into execution and is keenly aware of the need to ensure wider business engagement to achieve successful outcomes, with culture, information literacy and the data to analytics delivery cycle critical to success. He’s a regular conference speaker, and often presents on the importance that data and analytics is done with the organisation, and not to them. Ian recently completed a data-driven transformation programme at Defence Infrastructure Organisation (UK Ministry of Defence (MOD)), embedding data and analytics into the operating model and building a civil service team of 75 to deliver this capability. This achievement was recognised with an Exemplary Practice Award for Data & MI from MOD. He is now creating the People Analytics & Insight team at HMRC to transform the organisation to an insight-led approach and help the Chief People Officer deliver the goal of making HMRC a great place to work. Ian has operated across the data and analytics spectrum – data management (architecture, governance, standards, quality, MDM) to BI (data warehouse design and build, reporting and MI), to advanced analytics, research and knowledge management – delivering capabilities that link these as an end-to-end process, achieving greater value from an integrated approach. He has worked in 20 organisations, predominantly leaders in their field, ranging from HSBC to HMRC, Thomson Reuters to The Pensions Regulator, Barclays to BBC. He has managed stakeholders and teams globally, built high performing teams in a number of organisations and is a keen exponent of agile as a way to develop and release value to end users quickly and iteratively.