Founded in 2014 the Data Protection Network (DPN) publishes insight, in-depth guidance, and offers data protection and GDPR training online, aimed at supporting organisations.

Our consultancy

We’re a small experienced team of data protection consultants who pride ourselves on taking a no-nonsense approach to data protection and privacy.

We advise a broad range of business across multiple sectors, as well as regularly delivering down-to-earth data protection and GDPR training online and in-person.

Our team is based in London and Peterborough.

GDPR training online, data protection and GDPR consultancy
Simon Blanchard, CIPP/E

Simon Blanchard, CIPP/E

Partner

Simon supports businesses of all sizes across a wide range of sectors. He previously held the role of Director of Information Governance at Royal Mail Group in the run up to GDPR enforcement.

He also has considerable commercial experience, having held the role of Head of Data & Online Marketing at Bauer Media until 2014.

I enjoy working with organisations big and small, helping them to look after their data at the same time as delivering great results.

Philippa Donn, CIPP/E, CIPM

Philippa Donn, CIPP/E, CIPM

Partner

Phil has been advising businesses on data protection and eprivacy since before the final text of GDPR was finalised.

As DPN Editor she’s authored and edited numerous data protection guides. Driven by finding pragmatic solutions to mitigate risk, Phil previously worked in data compliance for Acxiom.

I love the sheer variety of challenges data protection throws up and working to find the best solutions for clients.

Julia Porter

Julia Porter

Partner

Julia has extensive privacy experience with a particular interest in ad tech and cookies. She was previously Chair of DMA (Data & Marketing Association) and Marketing Director at ITV and Guardian News & Media.

Passionate about communication and good data governance, Julia led the development of the DMA Code of Practice and the Guardian’s Innovative “Why Your Data Matters” campaign.

I enjoy using my executive experience to help organisations think about commercial solutions to privacy challenges they may face.

Caroline Bennett

Caroline Bennett

Partner

Caroline’s specialism lies in training. She’s designed and delivered a broad range of solutions from one-off workshops to complex programmes.

She believes training needs to be engaging, interactive, fun and tailored to meet learners’ needs as well as corporate objectives. Previously she was Operations Director of two specialist divisions of Reed Executive.

I am particularly interested in developing training techniques and methods which truly benefit participants.

Robert Bond, BA, CCEP, FSALS, CompBCS

Robert Bond, BA, CCEP, FSALS, CompBCS

Board Advisor

Robert has specialised in data protection & information law since 1983 and has advised businesses and charities on a range of global compliance issues.

He is President of the Society for Corporate Compliance & Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association, a founder member of the United Nations Expert Group on Governance of Data and AI, a Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies, a Companion of the British Computer Society, and an Honorary Member of the Institute of Export.

I use my experience to help organisations comply with the myriad of laws and regulations by maintaining appropriate policies and training.

DPN helped us by reviewing and improving our internal data policies, privacy information for customers and contractual terms with a new technology supplier hosting data overseas. Their approach was helpful and informative. I would be happy to recommend their services to other businesses.

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DPN Advisory Group

Our distinguished Advisory Group regularly meet to discuss emerging trends, issues and challenges, as well as speaking at our events.

Robert Bond (Chair)
Robert Bond (Chair)
Solicitor, Notary Public and Compliance & Ethics Professional
Dominic Batchelor
Dominic Batchelor
Head of IP & Privacy
Royal Mail Group
Andrew Bridges
Andrew Bridges
Data Quality and Governance Manager
REaD Group
Chris Field
Chris Field
Corporate Privacy Director
Harte Hanks
Fedelma Good
Fedelma Good
Director
PwC UK
Matthew Kay
Matthew Kay
Deputy DPO
Metro Bank
Charles Ping
Charles Ping
Managing Director, Europe
Winterberry Group
Yasmeen Rahman
Yasmeen Rahman
DPO, Data, IT & Governance Programme Professional