About

My day job is Principal of Securys, a data privacy and information security consultancy, where we focus on privacy made practical – we’re not just advisors, we’re your privacy engine room.

Securys offers a wide range of enterprise and SME privacy services from consultancy through to privacy-as-a-service, as well as acting as DPO and EU representative for clients. We also provide assistance with ISO27001 and 27701 certification and PCI-DSS as well as more general information security advice and training.

Previously I founded and ran Managed Networks, the leading provider of IT to the culture and entertainment sector; if you’ve been to the theatre in London’s West End recently, chances are good that the IT behind the scenes was theirs. I sold that business to IP Integration in June 2018.

I’ve served on a number of boards including the Professionalism Board at BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT in the UK and the main board at TechUK, the UK’s trade federation for information technology. I’m a Chartered Fellow at BCS, an IAPP Fellow in International Privacy, a CIPP/E and CIPM, and a CISSP-ISSMP; you can read more about me on LinkedIn, if you’ve really got nothing better to do.

I’ve been around the IT industry for more than 30 years, but my formal academic qualification is as a linguist and philosopher. I try to bring that training in thinking rigorously about ethics and values to my practice as a privacy professional and an entrepreneur.

I’m also an active investor in UK and European start-ups, with a portfolio that spans healthcare, technology, security and regulation.

This blog is a repository for my personal opinions on privacy, IT and business issues. It does not represent the views of Securys, BCS or TechUK.

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