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Bouncing Back from BA Redundancy: An Interactive Panel Session with Michelle Shakesheff, Simon Rookledge and Saffron House

July 27, 2020 @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm

Organisational restructuring, “downsizing” and redundancies seem to be a constant feature of corporate life.  Being made redundant can feel extremely personal, and it can be difficult to know what to do next.  Should you get a certification? Get active on social media? Use a recruitment consultant? Take some time out? Or some combination of all of the above?  There are a mind-boggling number of factors to consider.

This interactive panel session will cover these topics and more.  You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions of our three expert panelists:

Saffron House: Senior Business Analyst at Ordinance Survey and Professional Development Director at IIBA UK

Michelle Shakesheff: Head of Business Analysis at Close Brothers

Simon Rookledge: Client Delivery Manager at Guidant Global, and an experienced recruitment consultant who has worked to recruit BAs

The topics covered during the session will depend on the questions raised, however we envisage we will cover areas such as:

– How to deal with the emotional response to being told your role is redundant
– The short term steps you should take
– How to craft a CV that will grab the attention of a recruitment consultant and a hiring manager
– The role of networking
– Whether certification will help


About the Panellists

Michelle Shakesheff

Michelle Shakesheff
Michelle has been leading business analysis teams for thirteen years and has extensive experience of recruiting business analysts in organisations including ING, Zurich and Close Brothers and has experienced redundancy herself.  Michelle has worked with BCS as a subject matter expert on a number of the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis modules and is a longstanding member of the BA Manager Forum.


Saffron House

Saffron House
Saffron has been a BA for 20 years, currently working at Ordnance Survey, Britain’s mapping organisation and formerly in financial services.   Saffron loves to help people develop, through mentoring colleagues, young people and other BAs.  She is a dedicated networker, having co-founded 2 networking groups for women which remain successful 4 years later.  Saffron is also passionate about mental health, teaches mindfulness and is currently training as a hypnotherapist.


Simon Rookledge
Bio will follow shortly — watch this space!

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