Graham Doyle, Head of Communications, Data Protection Commission

Graham was appointed Head of Communications with the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) in October 2017. Graham has responsibility for the operationalising and management of the DPC’s Communications Strategy, which includes extensive national and international media engagement, attending and speaking at events domestically and abroad and delivering a comprehensive internal communications programme for the DPC. Previously Head of Communications at the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) and Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), Graham has worked in the Public Service since 2000. He holds a BA Hons. degree in Public Management (Law and the Administration of Justice).

Pamela Stagg, Head of Data Protection, eir

Pamela is a certified Data Protection Practitioner with extensive GDPR knowledge. She joined the eir Data Protection team in August 2017 as the Data Protection Manager and has since progressed to the Head of Data Protection. Prior to joining eir Pamela worked as a Data Protection consultant providing consultancy services across a range of sectors to support businesses in achieving and maintaining compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation. These services included data protection assessments, privacy impact assessments, training, deployment of policies, quantifying risks and advisory consultancy services.
Pamela’s career to date consists of over 3 years’ experience working as a Data Protection Officer in CMRF, the fundraising body of Our Lady’s Children’s hospital Crumlin, and over 10 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector. Her previous roles within the not-for-profit sector include Compliance Officer – managing all governance and risk related areas, and Operations Manager – driving process improvement across the business. Pamela also has experience in managing projects and working at executive Board level.

Terence O’Keeffe, Data Protection Officer and Law Agent, Dublin City Council

Terence has been a Law Agent for nearly 20 years and has extensive experience of advising the senior management team all aspects of corporate governance, legal and administrative issues.

He was appointed as Data Protection Officer for Dublin City Council in March 2017 and has advised the Council on procedures to be put in place to prepare for implementation of GDPR.

Terence worked with the Data Protection Commissioner in respect of an audit they undertook in relation to an aspect of Dublin City Council activities.
He set up a privacy management team in Dublin City Council and is on-going advisor to Dublin City Council in all aspects of GDPR compliance.

Francesca Comyn, Legal Affairs Correspondent, The Sunday Business Post

Francesca drives the Post’s coverage of legal affairs, including litigation, legislation and the law. 

A multi-award winning journalist, she was previously Courts Correspondent with Newstalk and Today FM. Before that she was a news anchor on local radio.

She graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1997 and later completed a law degree at DIT, Aungier Street..

Aoife Sexton, Chief Privacy Officer, Trūata

Aoife joined the Trūata executive team in June 2018 as Chief Privacy Officer.
She previously founded the law firm Tech Law Services, where she advised technology clients within the areas of Commercial, Data Protection and IP. She also Co-Founded and was a Director at Frontier Privacy, an innovative consultancy firm offering a full range of data protection services, with a specific focus on assisting companies to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation.

Previously, Aoife headed up the IP/IT department of a large Dublin commercial law firm. Prior to that Aoife was General Counsel with an Irish technology company, Altobridge.
Aoife also spent 12 years with the GSM Association, the global industry body for mobile operators, where she held a number of senior positions including that of General Counsel, CEO (Interim), Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs and Head of the Development Fund.

Previous private practice experience includes the French law firm Siméon & Associés (Brussels) as well as a Eugene F Collins (Dublin).
Aoife is a graduate of University College Dublin (BCL) and the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium. She is a Certified Data Protection Practitioner (PC.dp) as well as International Association of Privacy Professionals CIPP/E certified. She has acted as an approved IAPP trainer for the CIPP/E course.

She is a lecturer on data protection at the Law Society of Ireland’s school of law as well as a lecturer on the Law Society’s post graduate courses on data protection and technology law. She is also a regular conference speaker particularly on the GDPR.

Steven Roberts, Head of Marketing, Griffith College

Steven is also a certified data protection officer. Over the past 15 years, he has held a range of senior marketing and management roles in Ireland and overseas, specialising in the areas of education, heritage, strategy and tourism marketing. In his current role, Steven oversees Griffith College’s national marketing, digital, alumni and social media teams. He also played a key part in the College’s data protection and compliance preparations ahead of the introduction of GDPR.

Steven is a member of the Marketing Institute, Public Relations Institute and sits on the Association of Compliance Officers’ data protection and technology working group. He is a regular contributor to marketing and education publications and has written frequently on GDPR and data protection.

Simon Loughran, Head of Information Security Services, Certification Europe

Simon is Head of Information Security Services at Certification Europe. He is an experienced ISO 27001 Lead Auditor and an Information Security Professional with 20 years of experience. This experience includes assessing, testing, auditing, developing, implementing, managing and reviewing information security/technology requirements across a diverse spectrum of industry. His experience covers a broad swathe of IT & IS services including; Information Security Management, ISO 27001, ISO 20000, ITIL, Business Continuity, end to end IT / IS systems infrastructure security, support, managed services, ISP (Cloud and Hosting), networks and training delivery.

Simon’s professional accreditations are an industry recognised testament to his diligent approach to maintaining high standards. He currently includes CISSP, EC Security Analyst / Licensed Pen Tester, Certified Ethical Hacker, MCSE and ITIL Foundation, ISO 20000 Auditor, Websense Certified Security Engineer, HP platforms specialist, amongst others.

Marie Murphy, Co-Founder and Operations Director, Fort Privacy

Fort Privacy is recognised for its innovative multidiscipline approach to data protection. As an ACOI Certified DPO and a telecommunications engineer with international market experience, Marie brings a diverse operational and cultural skillset to her data protection work. She has a deep interest in Privacy by Design where she can apply all her skills by being logical and creative at the same time – breaking new ground with clients by helping them build an innovative approach to data protection into their product and service design.

Michael was the Lead Auditor for the first organisation in Ireland to achieve certification to the BS 7799 standard (now ISO 27001). He is experienced in designing and delivering bespoke training courses and has conducted evaluations and certification audits on a wide range of organisations across a broad range of standards, including the Department of Defence, the Revenue Commissioners, Health Protection Surveillance Unit, Health Services Executive South, Vodafone, British Telecom, the Comptroller and Auditor General, Rackspace, Wyeth Medica, RM Group, and Anovo Plc amongst others.

Aisling Clarke, Director, Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland 

A qualified barrister, Certified Data Protection Officer and Privacy Consultant, Aisling advises firms from all sectors public and private on data protection and the GDPR. She is also a Director of ACOI (Association of Compliance Officers in Ireland) and chairs the ACOI’s Data Protection & Technology working group.

A senior compliance professional by background with over 20 years’ experience in Ireland and the UK in financial services, asset management and retail banking, Aisling was most recently Head of Data Protection Policy & Advice in AIB Ireland.

Fintan Swanton, Data Protection and Management Consultant

Fintan has been a data protection and management consultant since 2006. He was the founding Chairman of the Association of Data Protection Officers and is a past President of the Irish Computer Society. Previous employers include The Sunday Business Post, AIB Bank and Prudential Europe.

Fintan has more than 25 years’ experience in ICT. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Chartered IT professional, a Certified Data Protection practitioner, Certified information systems auditor and holds a Masters degree in computing. He is a member of the European Commission’s multi-stakeholder expert group on the application of the GDPR.

In recent years Fintan has collaborated with ICS Skills and the Institute of Public Administration to present their data protection training programmes as well as updating and developing the content of these courses. He consults with, advises and provides training to a range of organisations, public and private, on data protection compliance.

David Waldron, Independent IT and Cloud Consultant

David was formerly a Company Director of CloudStrong Ltd., a Microsoft IT and Cloud solutions provider. He is also currently a National Council Member at ISME, the independent business association for Irish SMEs.

David started off in IT where he graduated with an Honours Degree in Business Computing from Athlone Institute of Technology in 2002. Since then, David had worked for 10 years in IT and consulting roles before co-founding CloudStrong in 2011. With offices in both Mayo and Dublin, the company grew from 2 employees to 15 inside a short number of years. In 2015 Microsoft Ireland selected CloudStrong as the Hosting Partner of the Year winners.

David consults with Irish SME’s throughout Ireland on IT and cloud solutions that best fit their day to day business needs. Key to this is informing business owners on the steps they should be putting in place, to conform to Data Protection regulations and security best practices. Following on from the GDPR enforcement on May 25th 2018, protection of personal data has become a top priority for SME’s in Ireland today.

Léon Atkin, Founder and CEO of risk and compliance solutions business, Obséy International

Obséy International specialises in delivering practical responses to privacy obligations.

A practising lawyer for over twenty years, Léon has led the legal, risk, and compliance functions of a number of international businesses, focussing on maintaining a balance between the needs of business, and the legal and compliance challenges they face. This means he truly understands the practicalities of implementing responses to compliance obligations.

For many years this has included managing privacy programmes and providing privacy advice in a variety of business contexts. Building on this experience, Léon now supports a large and increasingly diverse client base, from healthcare to retail to education, both here and abroad (including in the US), to respond to an increasingly complex privacy regime”.

Suzanne McElligott, Chief Executive Officer, IAB Ireland

Suzanne has over 25 years of experience in the media/marketing sector. She is a former director of Independent Radio Sales, a founder of the Radio Awards, and is a former chairperson of the Outdoor Media Association. As a lecturer in DIT’s marketing department Suzanne developed digital marketing course content. Her background in radio and outdoor advertising coupled with her primary degree in law and digital advertising expertise ensures that she is equipped to play a leading role in the development of Ireland’s online advertising industry as CEO for IAB Ireland, the international trade organisation for digital advertising.

Membership of IAB Ireland includes all the key stakeholders in the Irish digital advertising market from multinationals such as Google, Facebook and LinkedIn to all the key Irish digital media owners, advertising agencies, digital specialists and brands.

Under Suzanne’s leadership IAB Ireland’s outputs across best practice, research, training and policy have driven growth of the Irish digital market since 2010 to a record high of €491m in 2017.

Suzanne has been a director of IAB Europe since 2015 and represents IAB Europe on Pan European initiatives. She is also a board member of the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland (ASAI).

Ivana Bartoletti, Head of Privacy and Data Protection, Gemserv, UK

Ivana Bartoletti is the Head of Privacy and Data Protection at Gemserv. Her years of experience in the field span the public and private sectors, including senior roles in the NHS, Barclays and Sky. Ivana works across all sectors, from finance to adtech, and within the energy market. She is passionate about new technology, big data, AI and blockchain and support clients with their digitalisation and innovation programmes.

Ivana is an International public speaker and commentator on privacy, digital rights, data ethics and regularly features on the BBC, writes in the Guardian and other outlets. She also leads the Women Leading in AI network, encouraging women to shape the debate around the use and norms of AI and big data.

Sharon O’Reilly, IT-GRC Consultant at IT Governance Europe

An established consultant and trainer with IT Governance Europe – Sharon is a highly experienced Information Security, Data Protection and Business Management Systems consultant with a verified track record of successfully leading Irish companies to implement and maintain a number of international business standards. Data Protection governance and management systems have been at the core of much of Sharon’s consultancy work given that many of her clients deal with large volumes of personal and sensitive personal data.

Corné Purcell, Data Protection Officer, McKesson Ireland

From a career in accounting in his native South Africa which continued in Ireland on his arrival in 2001, Corné developed a keen interest in data protection. With a BA (Hons) Accounting & Finance (LJMU) 2010, he commenced a DPO position in Lloyds Pharmacy in 2012 and post-merger in 2016, took on the DPO function for all of McKesson Ireland. Since then he has completed his CDPO (UCD) 2017 and is a member of ACOI & IOB.

Corné takes a collaborative approach to his work. Compliance with GDPR and the Irish Data Protection Act requires strong relationships with local and European colleagues where Corné represents Ireland in a continued focus group. His role entails continuous monitoring and advising of McKesson Ireland entities on all things data protection ranging from impact assessments for a new service to looking after the data subjects until the end of their journey through the company. Post GDPR implementation, Corné’s role focuses on maintaining the drive from the strategic, advisory and implantation processes.

Peter Callender, Director of Finance and Operations, Savills

Peter joined Savills in 2015 as finance and operations director. Peter is a member of the senior management team and is responsible for managing all operational aspects of the Irish business.

Peter leads the finance, HR, IT, marketing and risk management teams, which support all corporate and operational strategies.

Peter has over 20 years of senior finance, commercial and operational management experience, across a number of industry sectors, including financial services, property, software and telecommunications both in Ireland and the USA.

He has gained extensive knowledge and experience of ISO27001 and, in more recent years, GDPR – ensuring Savills Ireland were fully compliant by the deadline of 25 May 2018.

Samuel Plantie, Senior Data Protection Consultant, Gemserv

Samuel has a PhD in Law (“Consumer law in the digital economy”) and is a French Qualified Lawyer, with over 4 years of experience in providing legal advice to his clients in IP/IT matters, contract drafting, commercial litigation and of course data protection.

He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) and has an excellent knowledge of the international digital market. His last focus is the use of blockchain technology with data protection requirements

Rita Martin, Sales Director, Red Flare, Governance Risk Compliance

Rita is Sales Director with Red Flare an Irish Software company simplifying Governance Risk and Compliance for businesses. Red Flare provides organisations with clear visibility to strengthen and transform their risk management, regulatory compliance, vendor management, and governance audits while driving business performance. Leading companies spanning industry verticals are benefitting from Red Flare’s practical modular approach to GRC, GDPR, ISO 27001 and Policy Document Management along with team training videos. Red Flare is an award-winning cloud-based platform providing a holistic approach to GRC, GDPR and protecting reputations in an ever-increasing regulatory data environment.

Rita is a certified Data Protection Practitioner with extensive GDPR and IT Security knowledge, spanning a number of industry sectors across Ireland and the UK. She provides guidance to companies within their regulatory requirements and implementing best practice, assisting with Vendor Management, Data Incidents and Breaches, ensuring clients are aware of all of their compliance obligations.