9th June 2019
Starcount CEO Edwina Dunn and Chief Data Scientist Clive Humby have both been awarded an OBE (Office of the Most Excellent British Empire) for their services to data and business in the UK. Over the past 40 years, they have established themselves as pioneers in data science, revolutionising the use of transaction data and harnessing the power of customer insight to drive huge success for businesses across the globe.
In 1989 Edwina and Clive co-founded global insights business, dunnhumby responsible for launching Clubcard for Tesco which was the first mass customisation loyalty programme in the world. This propelled Tesco to double its market share in less than 3 years and led to dunnhumby working with many other retailers in over 25 countries across the globe before selling the company to Tesco in 2008.
Both Edwina and Clive have had a huge impact on the data industry throughout their careers with Edwina being elected as a board member for the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, advising the UK Government and European Union.
Clive is acknowledged as one of the world’s data pioneers, creating the first geodemographic data system, ACORN, in the 1980s and has an Honorary Doctorate from Kingston University for his contribution to Data Science
Speaking of this honour Edwina said: “We are both delighted to receive this honour and to be recognised for our contribution. We’ve always been passionate about transforming the way in which businesses operate and helping them solve their biggest challenges using data. This honour will spur us in our ambition to further revolutionise the data science landscape and the view brands have for their customers.”
Clive said: “We are absolutely thrilled! We started our careers with the determination to keep pushing forward with data and technology as a force for good, using insights into real strategic and financial growth opportunities for brands. We are very proud and grateful and would like to thank our family and many wonderful colleagues who have supported us as well as their contribution to this achievement.”
The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019, published on Saturday 8 June, recognises the outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom.
The Honours List continues to demonstrate the breadth of service given by people from all backgrounds across the UK and this year 1,073 people have received an award 215 of which were OBEs with women representing 47% of the full list.
Starcount is the pioneering data science consultancy combining first-party customer data with third-party data to gain an understanding of customers habits on a global scale.
It provides insights and helps brands to make evidence-based decisions, anticipate future demand and tailor their strategies for improved customer communications.