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Governance Board Members

Robert Bond

Robert Bond – (Chairman)

A partner at Bristows LLP, Robert has specialised in data protection since 1983. In 2012 Robert was appointed an Ambassador for Privacy by Design by Commissioner Ann Cavoukian of Ontario. He has advised many multinationals on trans-border data flows and global data protection compliance, co-authored the ICC BCR Report in 2006, the ICC Guidelines on Basel II and Data Protection in 2007 and the ICC UK Cookies Guide in 2011. Robert is a Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre, a Board Member and Secretary of the Society for Corporate Compliance & Ethics, a founder member of the UN Global Pulse Privacy Advisory Group, Chairman of the Big Data Governance Committee of Tech UK, on the Advisory Board of the Data Protection Academy of Malaysia and an Ambassador for Privacy by Design.

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Simon Blanchard (Deputy Chair)

Simon joined data protection consultancy Opt-4 in early 2015 where he holds the role of Senior Associate. Simon enjoys helping organisations to make the most of their personal data and find practical solutions to data protection and privacy challenges. Prior to joining Opt-4, Simon had a successful career in publishing at Bauer Media Group (formerly Emap) where he held the Group role Head of Data & Online Marketing. He was an Opt-4 client for several years! He successfully managed the development of Bauer Media’s Single Customer View (SCV) solution, which enabled 100+ brands to drive increasing value from their customer & prospect data.

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Dominic Batchelor

Dominic is a solicitor and Head of IP & Privacy at Royal Mail, the UK’s leading postal operator and sole designated Universal Service Provider, delivering letters and parcels to about 30 million UK addresses six days each week, and operating in 42 other countries. Dominic’s responsibilities include leading on the legal position for group-wide strategy around data protection policies, guidance and procedures, as well as advising on data protection compliance. Prior to joining Royal Mail, Dominic worked in legal private practice giving commercial advice on data protection and freedom on information to a broad array of clients in sectors ranging from financial services to retail.

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Michael Bond

Michael Bond is Head of Data Protection and Commercial DPO at News UK, which counts The Times & The Sunday Times, The Sun, Virgin Radio and TalkSPORT among its stable of internationally recognised brands. Prior to working at News UK, Michael worked as Senior Associate for Opt-4 Ltd, advising across a diverse portfolio of clients, from publishers to football clubs. Michael regularly contributes to academic journals and Regulatory committees, and was largely responsible for the Industry’s response to Government changes to the ePrivacy Directive. His work helped to safeguard pragmatic rules that govern the use of technologies used to deliver online advertising.

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Lara Bonney

Lara has over 25 years’ experience of helping multi-channel retail marketers use data insight to engage better with new and existing customers. She is the co-founder of The Tapestry Agency, a consultancy that helps multi-channel retailers grow by turning customer insight into practical marketing strategies. She has seen both sides of the multi-channel retail fence. Most recently Chief Marketing Officer at global fashion brand Long Tall Sally, she built her reputation as Managing Director of data solutions at Epsilon Abacus, working with hundreds of retail marketers on customer insight for marketing. She was a co-founder of the Abacus Alliance that pioneered transaction data-sharing in the UK and before that, she was Group Account Director at Claritas (now Acxiom).

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Andrew Bridges

Andrew joined REaD Group as Data Quality and Governance Manager in 2016 to spearhead the company’s commitment to providing industry leading standards of data quality and governance. A key part of Andrew’s remit is ensuring REaD Group remains at the forefront of the EU regulatory landscape, in particular gearing up for the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation. Andrew has over 20 years experience within the data arena having started his career at leading data driven analytics company, Loyalty Management Group (now AIMIA), as Data Quality Manager in 2004. Here, Andrew was responsible for managing and controlling the quality of the Nectar database, the UK’s largest loyalty card scheme. From 2014-2016, Andrew held the role as EMEA Data Governance Manager at AIMIA. During this time, Andrew led the formation and implementation of a universal governance framework across the company’s European business divisions, as well as acting in an advisory role on key data management capabilities and design.

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Christopher Field

Chris is the Corporate Privacy Director at Harte Hanks, a leading marketing organization that partners with top brands to establish deeper relationships with its customers and prospects. He is currently focused on privacy management frameworks designed to support privacy and enable informed business decisions in dynamic environments. He also advocates support for privacy rights and obligations across internal and external stakeholders in relation to personal information, marketing products and services and the jurisdictions common to Harte Hanks business and client engagements.  Chris is an active member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and serves as co-chair of the local IAPP “KnowledgeNet” chapter in Austin, TX. He also supports the Policy and Best Practices Committee of the Email Sender Provider Coalition, a group dedicated to fighting spam, educating its members regarding best practices, law, and other industry developments to fight spam and protect email as a viable and essential communications tool.

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Sara Howers

Sara is the UK Data Protection Officer at CGI I.T. UK Limited, part of CGI Group Inc. a Canadian global information technology consulting company. Previously UK DPO at Simply Business and Global DPO at Haymarket Publishing Sara was heavily involved in GDPR project implementation. She spent 5 years in Haymarket’s Asia offices (Hong Kong & Singapore) where she was responsible for Data Protection and liaison with the local PCPD during new local legislative introductions. Sara has over 25 years publishing and event experience, gained across a mix of UK, Asia and USA brands, with in-depth experience of fulfilment, audits, direct & digital marketing, system builds, migrations, and implementations. She holds a Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection,, an MBA from Kingston University, is a fellow of the IDM, and a member of the IAPP.

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Charles Ping

Charles is a highly experienced leader in the areas of data, marketing and regulation. He helps brands understand how they can become more data and customer centric. He was most recently Chief Executive and then Chairman of Fuel, the data business of the Engine Group, where he served on the UK Board. In addition to his involvement with the Data Protection Network he serves as an Industry Commissioner at the Direct Marketing Commission and is a director of the Advertising Standards Board of Finance, the funding body for advertising self-regulation. Charles is a previous Chair of the Direct Marketing Association and was Executive Committee member at the Advertising Association. Prior joining Engine he had leadership roles in The Guardian, Communisis and AI Data Intelligence.

Julia Porter

Julia Porter

Julia is a Board Director and Business Advisor. She is an experienced leader, advisor and board director focused on using data and analytics to build successful profitable businesses (notably recurring payments and ecommerce). She previously worked as Director of Consumer Revenues for Guardian News & Media, where she was responsible for CRM strategy and execution, all subscriptions and brand extensions including ecommerce, Guardian Masterclasses and Guardian Soulmates. Her extensive commercial experience and MBA training has helped her to make sense of complex business problems using data and analytics. She’s instigated and led a variety of technology projects to created single customer views and, deliver powerful audience insight. This is combined with a clear commitment to transparency and good data governance based on respect for consumer needs.

Opt-4 have been advising clients on data protection issues for more than a decade. Specialising in direct marketing and permissions maximisation.

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