What's your name?
What position do you hold?
Corporate Compliance Manager, An Post and Chairman of Executive Committee, Association of Data Protection Officers (ADPO)
How long have you held the position?
I am ten years in my current role and this is my second year as Chair of ADPO.
What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
I am An Post’s Data Protection Officer and I manage its data protection compliance. Becoming fully compliant with GDPR is a high priority at present. I also act as company secretary to a number of An Post subsidiaries and advise on corporate governance and related matters.
What is your professional background?
I am an experienced chartered accountant, internal auditor and company secretary. Ten years ago I took on the position of Data Protection Officer with An Post and I continue to hold that role as part of my compliance function.
Tell me about yourself away from work?
I enjoy being outdoors, especially hillwalking.
Tell us something very few people know about you?
I travelled around South Georgia and visited Antarctica with Pat Falvey’s Beyond Endurance.
You are speaking at our GDPR Summit in September. What are you speaking about?
I am participating in the panel discussion on ‘Establishing a Culture of Compliance. Why does it matter?'
What challenges do you see for organisations implementing the new regulations?
- Extensive new requirements all due to be in place by May 2018.
- Building a culture where GDPR is ‘business as usual’ and embedded in company practice, for example privacy by design and default.
- Some Article 29 Working Group guidance not yet published and Irish GDPR Bill not enacted which makes compliance challenging.