Chantal Velasque

Head of Data Science, Group Customer Remediation

Chantal VelasqueChantal is the Head of Data Science for the Group Customer Remediation at Westpac. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the Data & Analytics industry, covering a broad range of areas including products, customers, payments, financial crime, and remediation. As a consultant with BT Global Services, SAP BusinessObjects, eVolition and Oakton Consulting, Chantal has always been most comfortable straddling the line between the Business function and Technology, and she speaks both languages fluently.

Her skillset broadened with her roles at Suncorp and CBA, and she has managed everything from projects and programs, IT strategies, data governance initiatives to large analytics implementations. Chantal is passionate about implementing the right solutions through Agile practices and has an unshakeable belief in the awesome things we can achieve by promoting an inclusive culture where colleagues are engaged and highly effective.

In her career Chantal has often offered coaching and mentorship. She has spoken at the Girl Geek Dinners and the inaugural FemeTech Revolution event in Sydney, and was a mentor for Women in Entreprise Services at CBA. She is now an abiding host for the Shadowing Programs at Westpac and just joined the Women of Westpac action group as their Member Strategy lead.

In her spare time you can find her down the beach with her husband and sons, watching Rugby Union games or recounting scuba diving stories from around the world.


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