Group Data Protection Officer
Matthew holds a Masters in Information Rights Law and Practice and the BCS certificate in Data Protection. He is experienced in case handling and advising organisations on information compliance across a variety of sectors.
Matthew currently heads the Data Protection function for Balfour Beatty(c.40000 employees) overseeing the 6 Data Protection Officers across the strategic business units that the organisation operates to achieve compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR) as well as the Data Protection Act 2018.
In addition to his core work he is also a member of the Data Protection Network(https://www.dpnetwork. org.uk) and a regular speaker at numerous external events on GDPR to help assist other organisations with compliance and share best practice.
He previously worked for the London Borough of Hounslow where he was organisational lead for GDPR implementation(c.2000 employees) as well as being a key member of the Information Governance Network for London.
Prior to this work Matthew worked in the audit department at the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) helping organisations improve their privacy 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.
His diverse work experience has exposed him to Information risks facing the Financial, Higher Education, Property and Transport, Emergency and Legal sectors.