The Examination Board for the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection ("PC.dp") is comprised of the following data protection and privacy experts:


Peter Carey
Head of the Examination Board


Peter Carey is a data protection lawyer and Head of the Examination Board of the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection.

Peter is the author of the best-selling book on data protection, Data Protection - a Practical Guide to UK law (6th Ed. Oxford University Press) and he is described by the British Computer Society as ‘one of the Europe's leading data protection experts.

Peter was a Consultant with London law firm Charles Russell Speechlys for 12 years (2000 to 2012), and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics (2011-13).


Robert Bond, Bristows

Robert Bond
Senior Counsel

Robert Bond  is a Partner at Bristows. He has specialised in technology law for over 37 years and is also a well recognised expert and author in the legal fields of TMT, ecommerce, data protection and cyber security. He is a member of Tech UK Big Data and Analytics Council and the United Nations Privacy Advisory Group, is on the advisory Board of the Data Protection Academy of Malaysia, and is an Ambassador for Privacy by Design. He is named in the National Law Journal's list of 50 Governance Risk & Compliance Trailblazers, listed in the top 10 in “the Who’s Who of Information Technology Lawyers 2014” and also in "Best Lawyers in UK 2016”. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Kate Brimsted

Kate Brimsted
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Kate Brimsted advises clients on all aspects of law associated with “data”.  This ranges from “personal data” (about identifiable people) and the impact of the EU General Data Protection Regulation in force in 2018, to industrial data, trade secrets and confidentiality.  Cyber security law is a growing part of her practice.

Over some 20 years in the city, Kate has built a reputation as a “go to” person for strategic and pragmatic data privacy advice on complex projects and issues.

PDP Training | Grant Campbell - Partner - Brodies

Grant Campbell
Brodies LLP

Grant Campbell is a Partner at Brodies LLP, where he leads the firm's non-contentious information law practice, recognised by the Legal 500 for its "competitive edge". Grant is an expert in data protection law and advises a wide range of public and private sector clients on all aspects of data protection compliance at both micro and macro organisational level.

Grant contributes to Privacy & Data Protection Journal and Freedom of Information Journal and has had articles and commentaries on information law published elsewhere, in particular in the technology industry press.

Peter Given

Peter Given
Associate Partner
EY Law


Peter Given is an Associate Partner in Ernst & Young’s Financial Services Law team, specialising in data protection and privacy law. He advises clients on a wide range of data protection matters in a variety of contexts, including in relation to general data protection compliance, data processing and outsourcing arrangements, direct marketing, data subject access requests, data breaches, and cross-border transfers of data.

Peter has previously undertaken secondments to a global US-based bank, a global US-based insurer, and a major European pharmaceutical organisation. In these secondments Peter supported the internal legal teams on data protection and privacy matters and in one secondment acted as the organisation’s interim EMEA head of privacy.

Peter has co-authored the Electronic Communications chapter for Data Protection – a practical guide to UK law (6th Edition, Oxford University Press).

Peter regularly contributes articles to the 
Privacy and Data Protection Journal.

Emily Gibson, Barrister

Emily Gibson

Emily Gibson is a practising barrister. She specialises in the areas of EU Law, particularly data protection law, intellectual property law and competition, and in commercial law and arbitration. She has advised and acted on a range of data protection issues for individuals and data controllers.

A former lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, Emily has published widely and is a regular presenter at conferences and seminars. Emily is a graduate of UCC, King’s Inns and King’s College London.

She was called to the Irish Bar in 2001 and the New York Bar in 2003.


Paul Lavery, McCann FitzGerald

Paul Lavery
Head of Technology & Innovation Group McCann FitzGerald


Paul Lavery is head of McCann FitzGerald’s Technology & Innovation Group and advises on a wide range of data protection and information technology issues. Paul regularly acts for private entities and public bodies in relation to data protection obligations, including advising on subject access requests, data security, record retention, data protection notices, policies and privacy statements, as well as solutions to facilitate the transfer of data outside the EEA and registrations required under the Data Protection Acts. He regularly deals with the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner.

Paul has also advised a number of clients on their interaction with the Data Protection Commissioner on data security issues arising in the case of data theft or loss.


Minakaran Negin, Allen & Overy

Negin Minakaran
Senior In-House Lawyer
Allen & Overy


Negin Minakaran is a Senior In-House Lawyer in Allen & Overy LLP's Practice Protection Group. She advises on a wide range of legal, risk and compliance matters, including policies, company secretarial and partnership affairs, commercial contracts, intellectual property rights and data protection law.

Before joining the Examination Board, Negin herself completed the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection.

Sarah O'Neil - Allen & Overy LLP

Sarah O'Neill
Senior Risk & Compliance Lawyer
Addleshaw Goddard


Sarah O'Neill is a Senior Risk and Compliance Lawyer for Addleshaw Goddard LLP. She advises the practice on issues relating to legal and regulatory compliance and other wide ranging risk issues that may have an adverse impact on the firm, including data protection, confidentiality and IT security matters.  
Prior to that Sarah was a Risk Management Lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and a Senior In-House Lawyer at Allen & Overy LLP.

Suzanne Rodway Royal Bank of Scotland

Suzanne Rodway
Group Head of Privacy


Suzanne Rodway is the Group Head of Privacy for the Royal Bank of Scotland. She has responsibility for bank secrecy as well as worldwide oversight of the group's compliance with privacy and data protection laws.

She trained with global law firm Linklaters, where she qualified in the Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice. She later moved in-house within Linklaters to advise the firm on its own privacy and information risk management issues. Until her recent move to Royal Bank of Scotland, Suzanne was the Chief Privacy Officer at NBC Universal. Suzanne is a Member of the Editorial Board of Privacy & Data Protection Journal.



Ashley Roughton


Ashley Roughton is a Barrister specialising in data protection. He was counsel in many of the leading data protection cases of the past decade including Smith v Lloyds TSB and Johnson v Medical Defence Union, and he regularly advises both individuals and data controllers in relation to proceedings before the Court and the Tribunal.

Ashley's client base includes institutions as well as individuals and he also advises in relation to compliance, data sharing and cross border transfers. He is a regular contributor of practical articles to the journal Privacy & Data Protection.

Ashley is also an examiner in commercial law at the University of London.



Oisin Tobin

Oisín Tobin
Mason Hayes & Curran


Oisín Tobin is a Partner in Mason Hayes & Curran's Technology and Privacy and Data Security teams and Head of our San Francisco office.

Oisín focuses on advising and defending leading technology companies. He has particular experience in formulating and implementing global privacy and data transfer strategies, advising on the development and rollout of innovative technologies and acting for businesses under investigation by European data protection authorities or engaged in privacy-related litigation.

Working between Dublin and San Francisco, Oisín also counsels technology companies on their international expansion plans. He has a reputation as the go-to lawyer for commercially driven privacy and technology law advice in difficult cases and represents many of the internet’s best-known companies.

He is a contributor of articles to Data Protection Ireland.



Damien Welfare, Cornerstone Barristers

Damien Welfare
Cornerstone Barristers



Damien Welfare came to the Bar in 2001 after a career in Local Government. He specialises in freedom of information, data protection and the Environmental Information Regulations.

He appears in the Information Tribunal, advises on all aspects of information law, and speaks and writes regularly on information law matters. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Freedom of Information Journal.


Olivia Whitcroft

Olivia Whitcroft is a solicitor and has worked in the field of data protection for 18 years. Having led the data protection practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal LLP for several years, she now runs her own legal practice, OBEP, specialising in data protection and technology laws. She previously Olivia enjoys assisting her clients with their data protection frameworks, including assessing risk and finding practical solutions in the context of their specific situations. She finds the intricacies of data protection exciting, and seeks to inspire others to feel the same. Olivia is a Member of the Examination Board for the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection.


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"As a relative novice to the Data Protection field I found the Residential Course of enormous benefit in terms of the wealth and breadth of knowledge and insight provided by both the tutors and other participants.  I feel passing the exam is a huge achievement and will be of benefit both to myself and my organisation in embedding a culture of transparency in what we do with the personal data that we hold whilst at the same time respecting the privacy of our customers and stakeholders."
Jane Allen
Information Governance Manager
The Scottish Government


"Coming from a non-legal and compliance background, I am extremely pleased to have passed the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection examination. Attending the Residential course meant having access to the tutors after the formal sessions, which offered the chance to dig into the topics in a way a classroom based course would not have offered, thereby directly contributing to my successful result."
Dylan Rowland
Ecommerce Governance Manager


"I am delighted to have passed the exam for Practitioner in Data Protection and would definitely recommend the residential programme. The teaching was excellent and a residential programme meant that the tutors were on hand after classes and at dinner to discuss queries and data protection in general. I wouldn’t hesitate to attend another PDP residential course."
Leah Duffy
Data Protection Officer
Ordnance Survey


“I was pleased that I had opted to do the residential course as it meant that I could focus my attention on the syllabus and benefit from the experience and views of my fellow delegates and the course tutors during informal discussions in the evening. The programme and exam are demanding but make for a great competency benchmark. I was ridiculously proud of myself to have passed and believe that it has given me greater credibility as a Data Protection Officer."
Phillippa T Caine
Association Secretary
Guide Dogs


"The Residential Programme gave direct access to the trainers. Thank you for providing an engaging course with knowledgeable trainers willing to encourage discussion and answer questions. I particularly enjoyed the experience of having qualified solicitors as trainers."
Pippa Thompson
Head of Knowledge & Information Management


"The practical residential programme was excellent. The trainers were extremely knowledgeable. I would recommend doing this course if you work in data protection."
Laurence Arterton
Head of Client Support & ICT Systems


"The handbook is very extensive. And the examples helpful for context. The trainers are friendly and knowledgeable."
Claire Ramstead
Business Standards Coordinator


"Overall excellent!"
Lorna Goldsmith
Information Manager
AWE plc


"The residential programme was excellent, and well run."
Patricia Samuels
Executive Complaints Manager
Direct Line Group


"The hotel has fabulous facilities and the staff and rooms were excellent. The food was excellent once it arrived."
Margaret Hunt
Clinical Governance Manager
AXA PPP Healthcare


"All the trainers clearly knew their subject and were able to get their knowledge across in an interactive way. Excellent."
Jill Clarke
Privacy Manager


"All very good"
Peter Hibbitt
Operations Director
Inchora Ltd


"Very good course. Informative and challenging at the same time, at a high quality venue."
Andy Crawley
Head of Legal Services
Registers of Scotland


Lorraine Lunt
Transparency & Feedback Team Manager
City of York Council


"Would definitely use and recommend PDP to colleagues, customer service, course tutors and admin all excellent. Was good to have James on site to answer queries"
Tracey Armstrong
Information Security Officer
Xentrall Shared Services


"Hotel very nice, would recommend to others. Knowledge and delivery style excellent, kept the pace up and allowed time for group participation."
Matthew Archer
Assistant Head of Democratic Services
Canterbury City Council


"Excellent presenter! Great pace and at no point did I feel I wanted to drop off!"
George Balmer
Head of Security
Satellite Applications Catapult