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Spotlight on… Marisa Murton

Marisa Murton, “The Friendly Data Scientist”, has been a member of The Camelot Network since June 2020, and has had a massive impact on the network with her excellent experience, expertise, and friendly manner – all things that really embody the network.

Marisa spoke at our first ever Camelot Live: Ask Camelot event in August, has participated in many road tests, and attends the most events, second only to founder David Clamp!

  1. So, in a nutshell: what do you do, and enable your customers to do?

I help companies discover the potential in their data. As a former Head of Data Science for the UK’s largest insurer I know the art of the possible. Insurers capture a lot of data. This data – as well a whole wealth of other available data – can be used to understand and improve sales volumes; to target the right customers at the right price; to enhance and speed up customer journeys, the list goes on.

What I do as a consultant falls into two categories – advising, and doing. Companies differ in terms of their data maturity, how and where they capture and store data, and what they do with it. Using my experience, I can advise on how to get them to the next level. 

I also interrogate, analyse and model data. I’m often asked to “find something interesting for me in this (data)” which is a challenge I always rise to and thoroughly enjoy!

  1. What are some recent projects you’ve worked on?

I helped a company create and automate a scoring algorithm.  I then advised them on how to take this to the next stage in terms of platform, data storage and beyond. I analysed data for a company due diligence exercise – taking both data provided by the company as well as open government data to create a true underlying picture of their portfolio.

  1. What is your unique selling point? What makes your business approach unique?

I talk about data science in a way that people understand. I do my best to make it accessible, transparent and meaningful. I love helping people. Many data scientists aren’t “people people” – I call myself the friendly data scientist.

  1. Can you name one professional high point from the last 12 months and what made it so good?

Getting my first invoice paid as an independent consultant.  It wasn’t just the money it was the thanks I got as well, it was such a great feeling to be rewarded for something I’d done totally off my own back. 

  1. What is, or what should be, hot on the industry’s lips in your view?

Reputation, reputation, reputation.  Perhaps I’m too close, but price walking and non-payment of claims (in particular BI/Covid) have left the industry’s reputation in tatters.  We need to do the right thing by our customers, provide value for money, and do some serious PR.

I talk about data science in a way that people understand. I do my best to make it accessible, transparent and meaningful. I love helping people… I call myself The Friendly Data Scientist
Marisa Murton
  1. So, what workplace challenges have you overcome?

I was assigned to a project with such an unbelievably open ended and vague brief we didn’t know where to start. Step one was to get skeleton outline of the required output from the project sponsor.  Armed with this, my colleague and I set up a daily check-in with one another and a weekly check-in with our sponsor. We agreed our respective directions and goals for the day and shared findings from the previous day. It’s all about the communication, especially when we’re working from home.  Needless to say, after a couple of weeks we’d nailed it!

  1. What should everyone be reading/listening to? (work/life related)

I have to say my favourite is LinkedIn. There is such wealth of articles and insight on there I have never been so up to date.  I don’t know if it’s a consequence of Covid but the amount of content available is staggering.

  1. Do you have any words of wisdom for us or a short phrase that sums up your ethos?

I’m an agile/dev-ops convert – continuous integration, continuous delivery – it’s all about the baby steps. Each incremental improvement adds up and before you know it you look back with amazement at how those steps have added up to a massive leap in capability.

“It’s all about the baby steps. Each incremental improvement adds up and before you know it you look back with amazement at how those steps have added up to a massive leap in capability.”

Marisa Murton
  1. Do you have a Favourite quote?

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I can’t change, the strength to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference!

  1. Any professional goals for the upcoming year?

Paul Rich (also from the Camelot Network) and I have created a proposition for small to medium MGAs called Data Strategy as a Service (DSaaS).  Paul’s an operations expert in the MGA/delegated authority market. His skills and knowledge combined with my data prowess puts us in a unique position to help our target market grow in terms of data maturity, define their data strategy and use data to strengthen their business.  My goal for this year is to get some great customer outcomes under our belts and see those testimonials in lights (well on a website haha)!

  1. And… Last but not least, how does being a member of The Camelot Network help you/or add value to your business?

Being a member of Camelot means that instead of saying “I’m sorry I can’t help you there” I can always say “but I know someone who can!”.  We have such a variety of skills and experience help and advice is only ever a call or an email away.

To find out more about our members and how we can create your perfect solution, contact David Clamp: