Dr Victoria Holt

Data architect, CGI

And - Top 100 West Women of the Year 2019

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It is fascinating to be part of creating something new and using technology to solve problems.

What do you do?

As a data architect, I am responsible for the management of data on a big data project, including design, audit, knowledge transfer and technical authority on all aspects of operational delivery. I am the primary point of contact for all data related management issues and responsible for ensuring data quality is maintained.

Why did you choose this field?

I found I enjoyed working with information and data and was always curious to see what can be found in the data. Studying for my Open University undergraduate degree helped shape my career. I enjoy working with Microsoft data platform technology and at the leading edge of technology and sharing it with the community. I am proud to have won a research award for innovation and knowledge development from the Open University, be a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and be listed in the top 100 women in the West of England.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Both my Research award and the Microsoft MVP. I would have loved to have worked for Microsoft Research and had the opportunity to draw both research and industry closer together. It is still a dream.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM as it is fascinating to be a part of creating something new and using technology to solve problems. There are so many possibilities for the future and to be a part of that journey is exciting. Data is a part of every STEM journey and enables so many things to progress yet it is often underrated as an important underpinning component.

Best advice for next generation?

Continue to dream about the future you would like, be passionate and innovative in STEM ideas and never give up.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

Check out my research cartoon video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehNdd6h2ZUg&feature=youtu.be

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