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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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Michael Bond

Michael is the Data Protection Officer for GLH Hotels and was previously an advisor on data protection and privacy for News UK, which is part of News Corp. 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.


Lara Bonney

Lara is the Chief Marketing Officer for the fashion brand Long Tall Sally. Long Tall Sally operates 10 websites, shipping to more than 190 countries and operates 26 stores in USA, Canada, UK and Germany. Prior to this, Lara was Managing Director of Epsilon Abacus, a business focused on multi-channel retailers. Lara was one of the founders of the UK Abacus Alliance, which pioneered the concept of transactional data sharing in the UK in 1998. Lara has over 25 years of experience in the data market, with stints at Centaur Direct Marketing, NDL and Claritas (now Acxiom). She served on the board of the Direct Commerce Association for 2 years and is currently working with the Institute of Fundraising Insight Special Interest Group committee to promote the use of data in the charity sector.


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.


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.


Sara Howers

Sara is the Data Protection Officer at Simply Business which is one of the UK’s biggest commercial insurance brokers, who specialise in protecting small businesses such as shops, restaurants, pubs, and self-employed professionals. For 2 and half years Sara was Global Data Protection Officer for Haymarket Media Group Limited based in the UK and she previously spent 5 years in Haymarket’s Asia offices (Hong Kong & Singapore) where she was Head of Data Operations, a role which included responsibility for Data Protection and liaison with the local PCPD. Sara has over 25 years publishing and marketing experience, gained across UK and USA media brands, with experience of fulfilment, audits, direct & digital marketing, subscriptions, and system builds, migrations, and implementations. She holds an MBA from Kingston University, is a fellow of the IDM, and a member of the IAPP.


Dave Littlechild

Dave has been at the cutting edge of email marketing for the past 12 years. With a proactive involvement over the years in email platform development, Dave has helped inspire countless email marketers succeed in their goals, reduce costs and develop enormous growth in ROI. A founder member of Email Service Provider, Adestra in the mid-2000’s, more recently Dave has spent the past 3 years positioning ESP dotmailer into the US market, building brand, market position and teams in their New York office as Executive Vice President. With experience of working with companies across both the US and UK as well as B2C and B2B sectors, DL Consulting helps clients across both email marketing strategy, in addition to aiding marketing tech companies to dramatically improve their sales and marketing approach and brand positioning.

Neil Paterson

Neil Paterson

Neil is Senior Manager, Data Protection & Privacy, for the TUI Group, the world’s number one tourism business. Prior to this, he was in Group Legal at Tesco and has held various roles with the UK communications regulator Ofcom. Neil helps to deliver the TUI Group compliance management system and he is currently focused on managing its EU GDPR Program. Neil also supports a network of Data Protection Officers across the TUI Group.


Charles Ping

Charle is CEO of Fuel, the data specialist within the Engine group. He has a wealth of experience across data industry. His role focuses on driving the business forward by building on its core skills of data planning, analytics and database services and ensuring its clients are maximising the huge potential value that lies in their customers’ data. Having worked at the Guardian , Communisis, AI Data Intelligence, News International and The Financial Times his experience has made him a data, digital and direct marketing business leader with senior level client, supplier and regulatory expertise. Charles is a previous chairman of the Direct Marketing Association and for the last 10 years he has been a Non-exec director for the Advertising Standards Board of Finance (the key funding body for non-broadcast advertising self regulation). Charles’ expertise is born from many years in the publishing industry alongside multiple clients across retail, utilities, financial services and automotive.


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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