I got into Data Protection as a result of being responsible for a relatively simple piece of data protection in my previous company and struggling with it. In hindsight I always had an interest in this area – some would say I was born to it as my birthday is on International Data Protection day. This work suits me – I like to see the bigger picture & I love to solve problems, I like to understand how a product or service flows from start to finish and I have a very logical approach to things. All this suits my work as Operations Director in Fort Privacy. It also feeds the area of work that I most enjoy which is Privacy by Design where I can be 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.
Ever since I met Marie in early 2017 we have been single-minded in our mission to create a company that delivers services based at the entire processing activities of an organisation from a legal, IT and operational perspective. I am motivated by providing solutions to companies that enable both compliant data processing activities AND deliver commercial value. As a lawyer, it is hugely rewarding for me to work with our multi-disciplined team in Fort Privacy. The GDPR is a complex piece of legislation that requires this multi-disciplined approach. If we can show organisations the way forward under the GDPR, that can only mean better adoption of the GDPR and that is important for all us individuals whose privacy rights it seeks to protect. The services solution is just the beginning, in order to encourage GDPR adoption within organisations, we will be bringing software solutions to the market that will enable us to provide the standard of care that we envisage for our customers...watch this space!
John has worked in the sales and business development functions of the technology and medical device industries since qualifying as an electronics engineer. His focus has been on building more robust sales and business development pipelines using relevant, accurate and current data. He is a Certified Data Protection Officer.
Alan holds a CDPO qualification from the Association of Compliance Officers Ireland and has a background in IT & software development. He specialises in helping clients in the Recruitment sector navigate their data protection challenges.
David is a two-time graduate from UCC, he has a Bachelors in Civil Law and a Masters in Management. Following his time in third level he entered the IT industry working in one of Irelands largest ICT services and solutions providers in Cork. He is a Certified Data Protection Officer with the Association of Compliance Officers.
Lorraine is an experienced leader in product development and project & programme management. Since graduating with an engineering degree, Lorraine has worked in fields ranging from large-scale telecommunications systems to consumer devices and more recently in the field of industry standardisation for business process & information modeling where she led a Compliance Certification Program. In her role as Operations Manager, Lorraine brings extensive experience from leading projects with globally dispersed clients and engineering teams, establishing well-defined processes & best practices to ensure the smooth running of the day to day operations.
Chris Fitzpatrick has spent the last 5 years as a Governance, Risk Management & Compliance (GRC) Consultant in the Credit Union Sector. He’s currently focused on optimising and maturing our Privacy Risk Management Model as part of our outsourced DPO offering. Chris has experience in additional sectors including Food & Beverage, Health Services, Property and Telecoms and is working towards his Certified Data Protection Officer qualification with the ACOI.