Matthew holds a Masters in Information Rights Law and Practice, CIPP/E, CIPM and the BCS certificate in Data Protection. He is also an IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy.
He currently heads the Data Protection EMEA function for Thomson Reuters(c.24000 employees) directing the organisation to achieve compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR) as well as other associated data protection and privacy legislation within the countries he governs.
In addition to his core work he is also a board member of the Data Protection Network(https://www.dpnetwork.org.uk) and 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(https://gdpr.report/news/2019/05/24/dpo200-in-association-with-gdpr-institut/).
He previously managed the Data Protection function for Balfour Beatty(c.30000 employees) overseeing the 6 Data Protection Officers across the strategic business units that the organisation operated implementing the infrastructure to achieve compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR) as well as the Data Protection Act 2018 and Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003.
Prior to this he worked at the London Borough of Hounslow where he was the councils nominated Data Protection Officer and organisational lead for GDPR implementation(c.2000 employees) as well as being a key member of the Information Governance Network for London.
Before this work Matthew worked in the audit department at the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) helping organisations improve their data protection, privacy and information security(assessing to ISO27001 standard) practices to reduce risk. He provided expert advice to local government, criminal justice and health organisations through on-site audits which were followed up with listed recommendations. Matthew also worked as part of a network of trainers delivering internal training to all levels within ICO.
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