Within a few years he was managing teams and later managing a data science department. ​Skip ahead to today and he is one of the most recognised data scientists in Australia.

Nic believes anyone with passion and drive can learn and do anything they choose to. He regularly offers advice, guidance and mentoring to individuals and teams on practical data science.

Amongst other things Nic:

  • Advises startups on building effective data science teams 

  • Mentors data science teams in their projects

  • Runs workshops on practical data science

  • Provides training on key data science technologies

  • Provides C-suite advice and assistance

Nic has more than 22,000 followers on LinkedIn and was named among the global LinkedIn Top Voices 2018: Data Science and Analytics. 

He loves to share his enthusiasm with people for practical data science education. He does this by: 

  • Writing extensively on analytics and startups on his blog.

  • He is regularly invited to speak at conferences such as this one - Automate 2019


Leslee handles all the administration, social media and ad hoc work that makes the DataFriends business hum along smoothly.


Leslee was instrumental in devising the content strategy that helped Nic to grow his LinkedIn audience from 500 to 22k in a year and to become one of the most influential data scientists in Australia.

Originally Leslee trained as a nurse, being diligent and smart she shot up the ranks into management at a 

young age. She then went on to further study to become an ISO Quality Manager and Consultant and ran her own consulting business. 

Leslee has had a desire to learn computer science and taught herself some basic HTML, CSS, Javascript and command line. While in pursuit of this new career path she saw the need for women in her local area to obtain these skills to improve their employment prospects. As a result she co-founded Code with Grace which aims to empower women to code and obtain jobs in tech. 


Nic has given many talks and interviews. You can hear, see or read his responses here: