The Data School Coaches

Head Coach

Craig Dewar

Craig fell in love with Tableau back in 2010 when leading an enterprise rollout within a global organisation.  Since then he has been teaching, evangelising and providing data viz consulting services to many people and organisations; and along the way has added Alteryx to his consulting skillset.

In his own time Craig runs a Youtube channel CraigsHacks for Tableau, and blog CraigsBlog that focuses on Tableau tips tricks and visualisation experimentation.

Apart from creating Tableau vizzes on cricket and horse racing, Craig enjoys cooking, is a keen cyclist, and can often be found at his local beach.

Craig is a Tableau Certified Professional, Alteryx Designer Core Certified.

The Data School Australia are currently lining up a number of coaches with specific areas of expertise to assist Craig, including some guest appearances from the coaching team at Data School UK – stay tuned for further details

Assistant Coaches

Peter Goldsworthy

Since Pete joined MIP in 2009 he has been both a consultant and educator for their key products WhereScape, Alteryx and Tableau. He has developed and delivered the training courses for all of MIP’s products including Snowflake, DataRobot, Alation and Smart-CIT. From his vast knowledge, he says that these products are best-of-breed!

He enjoys all sports and has participated in tennis, AFL, rugby union, swimming, sailing, cricket, paddle, squash, racquet ball, baseball and played rugby at state level (many years ago and well before his knee replacement!) His other interests are walking, travelling, photography, reading, music, cooking, solving puzzles and playing games and cards.

Pete is a Tableau Certified Trainer, Alteryx Trainer, SCRUM Master and Data Vault Data Modeler.

Tram Trinh

Tram has many years’ experience in database & data warehouse development, and includes Tableau & Alteryx in her toolset for building data solutions. They enable her to effectively solve business problems and make data more accessible to people. Tram enjoys the blending of technical & analytical thinking skills with visual creativity in data visualisation, and finds getting a piece of complex code to run just as satisfying as getting shapes & colours aligned just right.

When not fiddling around with data, you might find Tram travelling & exploring, applying colour theory to painting, searching for clothes with decent pockets, or staring into a screen or page.

Tram is a Tableau Desktop Qualified Associate and is Alteryx Designer Core certified.

Ayelavan Nimalendran

Ayelavan is a Solutions Engineer and is across the full stack of technologies that MIP offers. He enjoys helping customers solve problems they have around data and getting the most out of this data using Tableau and Alteryx. He started his career off as a civil engineer working on construction projects and like many data schoolers his passion for data has motivated and provided the drive for him to change careers so he can work more with data.

When he’s not tweaking a Tableau dashboard or building a workflow in Alteryx, Ayelavan is a huge Liverpool fan. He also enjoys kicking the ball around showing off his football skills.

Ayelavan is a Tableau Certified Associate and Alteryx Designer Advanced Certified.

Nick Duncan

Nick joined MIP as a business intelligence consultant in 2016, specialising in end-to-end reporting, analytics and data science solutions using Alteryx.

Although Nick’s varied background includes studies in philosophy and psychology, time at a law firm and in media, Nick found his passion is solving big problems with the power of data. He has delivered BI systems for a wide range of clients in industries including finance, banking, construction, government services and telecommunications. He enjoys a challenge, and pushing Alteryx and Tableau to the limit.

Nick’s interests include all kinds of music, although he has a particular fondness for 90s electronica. He enjoys football, he supports the Australian football team through the good times and the bad, or any world club team that contains a Socceroo.

Nick is an Alteryx Certified Professional.

Marc Schonwandt

Marc is a Senior Analytics Consultant who loves data in any size, shape or form. He enjoys helping clients overcome the hurdle of turning their data into meaningful insights and actions, by using his skillset in Alteryx and Tableau. He has helped countless companies discover and utilise the hidden value in their data, working across Europe and in Australia since start 2018. In 2014 he received his Tableau Trainer Certificate, which he enjoys to practise to help others understand and get excited about data.

When not buried in massive amounts of data, Marc can occasionally be spotted on the beaches of Sydney with his family or out exploring various parts of Australia. Otherwise he tries to keep up with all of his favourite podcasts about tech, wine, comedy, AI, machine learning and storytelling.

Marc is a Tableau Desktop Certified Professional, Tableau Desktop Accredited Trainer and has the Alteryx Partner Technical Certification.

Ryan Lambert

Ryan joined MIP in 2016 and is a Senior BI/Analytics Consultant. His background encompasses data modelling, database design, solution architecture, business analysis, project management, and development. Ryan works primarily with Alteryx & Tableau to deliver solutions for clients. When he is not at client sites he can be found making insightful dashboards, creating API connectors in Alteryx & Alteryx apps, or furthering his Python skills.

When he is not at work, Ryan is an avid family man that gets into fun adventures with his family on the weekends and is a sports enthusiast for American sports.

Ryan is a 2018 Alteryx Grand Prix finalist and has the Advanced, Core, and Partner Alteryx Certifications. He is also a Scrum Master and an Associate-level CPA.

Madeli van Niekerk

Madeli joined MIP as a Senior Business Intelligence Developer and Tableau Certified Trainer in early 2016. She started her career as an Industrial Engineer focusing on Inventory Management with a strong emphasis on Database warehouse development.

Madeli enjoys the challenge of finding simple solutions out of complex problems, and has helped many customers to better understand and visualize their data.

When not puzzling around with data, Madeli tries to spend as much time as possible with her husband and two young kids. She loves to travel and discover beautiful beaches and national parks around Australia and neighboring countries.

Madeli is a Tableau Desktop Associate, Tableau Certified Trainer, Alteryx Core, Advanced and Partner certified professional.