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Kate Brand

Head of Risk and Intelligence Service Analytics
DWP (Confirmed)

Kate Brand is a Senior Data Scientist at the Department for Work and Pensions. She currently leads the department’s Risk and Intelligence Service (RIS) Analytics team. RIS is a new function in DWP, aiming to better target fraud and error risk within the benefit system through the better use of data, intelligence and technology. The RIS Analytics team is at the heart of RIS, developing and deploying new data science capabilities. After a career as an Astrophysicist, Kate joined the Government Operational Research (GORS) profession, working in a number of different roles over the last 10 years including, most recently, leading data science teams within the Home Office.  

  • Developing the next generation artificial intelligence and data science tools to look at the security challenges faced by large business and government organisations
  • Using a combination of new and established artificial intelligence, network science and machine learning techniques to improve the identification of fraud
  • Expanding the scope of the project to intrusion detection for cyber-security, and detecting faults in safety monitoring systems