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Advisory 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 is Deputy Chair of the DPN and a Partner at DPN Associates. Simon has considerable data protection experience and a keen interest helping organisations to apply good data governance. He is experienced in helping boards to develop and expand their privacy programmes. He enjoys hosting training and workshops for business teams covering a range of data protection and privacy matters. Simon also has a lot of commercial experience, having held the role of Head of Data & Online Marketing at the publisher Bauer Media until 2014. He have experience in many other sectors including travel, logistics, financial services, life sciences and the not-for-profit sector.


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 Group 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.


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 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.

Matthew Kay

Matthew Kay

Matthew currently heads the Data Protection EMEA function for Thomson Reuters directing the organisation to achieve compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR) as well as other associated data protection and privacy legislation. Matthew holds a Masters in Information Rights Law and Practice, CIPP/E and the BCS certificate in Data Protection. In addition to his core work he is also a regular speaker at numerous external events on Data Protection and Privacy to help assist other organisations with compliance and share best practice, part of this work recently saw him listed in the DPO 200. His varied work experience has seen him occupy roles as a DPO in both the construction industry and local government as well as leading teams of auditors for the Information Commissioner’s Office helping organisations improve their data protection and privacy functions.


Charles Ping

Charles is a highly experienced leader in the areas of data, marketing and strategy and regulation. He is Managing Director, Europe at the Winterberry Group, a specialised management consultancy focussed on the marketing, advertising, data and technology sectors. He was previously 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 Data and Marketing Commission and is a director of the Advertising Standards Board of Finance, the funding body for advertising self-regulation and a NED across a number of tech and data businesses. Charles is a previous Chair of the Direct Marketing Association and was Executive Committee member at the Advertising Association

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.