October 23rd 2019 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Maureen H Falconer

Regional Manager, Scotland, Information Commissioner’s Office

Maureen Falconer joined the ICO in 2007, and is currently Regional Manager for the ICO’s Scotland Office. Maureen works with a variety of organisations, providing awareness-raising events, advice and guidance in all things data protection. Maureen sits on various development/steering groups, providing advice and guidance at the early stages of various public sector initiatives.

As well as the day-to-day management of the office, Maureen’s external remit includes the NHS, Local Government, Education and Social Work.

Prior to joining the ICO, Maureen worked in the Scottish Parliament as parliamentary researcher for Dennis Canavan MSP until his retirement in 2007. Coming from an academic background, Maureen lectured and researched in public administration with specific interests in education and health.

Blair Lochrie

Scotland Public Sector CTO, Microsoft

Blair Lochrie is Microsoft Scotland’s Public Sector CTO, responsible for driving technology strategy across the Microsoft’s Public Cloud. Previously, Blair worked for Microsoft Services across Scotland’s Financial Industry, helping drive adoption of Office 365, Azure & Dynamics. Prior to Microsoft, Blair held a number of roles within BT following graduating from their Modern Apprenticeship Programme – as a result, he is a fierce advocate of early in career programmes and continuous education.


Dr Ken Macdonald

Head of ICO Regions, Information Commissioner’s Office

Ken Macdonald, Head of ICO Regions, leads our Scotland and Northern Ireland offices. A graduate of Edinburgh (MA) and Aberdeen (PhD) universities, Ken joined the ICO in 2005 after a career in the higher education, private consultancy and local authority sectors.

Dr Rena Gertz

Data Protection Officer, University of Edinburgh

Dr Rena Gertz completed her law degree in Germany before moving to Scotland for a Masters Degree and PhD in law, followed by a research fellowship at Edinburgh University. Leaving academia, she worked in local government for 7 years as DP and FOI Compliance Officer, while still maintaining her relationship with Edinburgh University, lecturing on several Masters Degree programmes. In May 2017 she returned fully to Edinburgh University by taking up the role of Data Protection Officer.

Amanda Williams

Director of Strategic Policy (Parliament and Government Affairs), Information Commissioner’s Office

Amanda started her career in the Home Office and subsequently led a number of policy areas in Government,  latterly as Head of Domestic Data Protection in DCMS where she led the development of the now Data Protection Act 2018. In addition to that work, Amanda also acted as the sponsor to the ICO. In 2017, Amanda took up a seconded post with the ICO in its Policy Directorate and in August 2018, she successfully applied for her current post. Amanda spends most of her time between London and Wilmslow but with responsibility for the ICO Regions, travelling to the ICO’s offices in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh also forms part of her role.

Jude McCorry

Head of Business Development, The Data Lab

Jude has over 15 years experience in Sales and Marketing in the Technology Sector working with B2B and public sector for companies like Dell, Firefly Communications and Xnet Data Storage. Jude has also worked in Academia at Edinburgh Napier University where she set up their commercial arm – The Edinburgh Institute – providing leading edge practice based executive education to Scottish Executives.

Dr Kenneth Meechan

Head of Information and Data Protection, Glasgow City Council

Dr Kenneth Meechan is Head of Information and Data Protection Officer for Glasgow City Council.  He has led the council’s major GDPR implementation programme since 2016 and, since April 2018, is statutory DPO for the council and its arms’ length external organisations. Dr Meechan is a qualified Scottish solicitor and an acknowledged expert in data protection and FOI.  He is convenor of the Law Society of Scotland’s accreditation panel for data protection and FOI and a member of the Society’s privacy law committee, and also chairs the Data Protection and FOI working group of SOLAR (Society of Local Authority Lawyers and Administrators in Scotland).  He is a regular conference speaker and is often asked to join specialist working groups on areas such as public records legislation and, most recently, the “Named Person” legislation.

Dr Ewa Luger

Chancellor's Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Dr Ewa Luger is a Chancellor’s Fellow in Digital Arts and Humanities, a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute (Ethical AI by Design: Formalising an HCI agenda), a consulting researcher at Microsoft Research UK (AI and Ethics), and Deputy Director for Research for Edinburgh Futures Institute.  

Her work explores applied ethical issues within the sphere of machine intelligence and data-driven systems.  This encompasses practical considerations such as data governance, consent, privacy, explainable AI, and how intelligent networked systems might be made intelligible to the user, with a particular interest in distribution of power and spheres of digital exclusion.

Colan Mehaffey

Chief Operating Officer, Health and Social Care Sector - Data Driven Innovation Programme, University of Edinburgh

Colan is Chief Operating Officer at the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He leads the health & social care sector strategy and implementation for the Data Driven Innovation programme, a major new initiative to increase the provision of data and digital skills in the workforce and use the region’s world-leading expertise in research and data analytics to improve products and services, transforming the City Region into the data capital of Europe.

Colan was Head of Web Strategy & Technologies at the University, working across the institution to develop a comprehensive strategy, roadmap and programme of activities. He delivered change across centrally-supplied services, and worked with colleagues across the University to co-design the strategy, establish the change programme and secure funding.

Prior to this, he was a Lead Digital Consultant to the Scottish Government, developing digital transformation strategy and programmes, specifically in the Health and Justice sectors. He worked with a number of Scottish Government agencies and NHS bodies, including the Scottish Prison Service, NHS24 and National Services Scotland.

Jasmit Sagoo

CTO and Senior Director, UKI, Veritas

Jasmit is the UK&I CTO for Veritas where he leads Data Management Solution Engineering and Solutions Architecture for the Enterprise Data Services Platform. Jasmit partners with organisations to help them accelerate their digital transformation, solve pressing IT and business challenges through a new way to manage data complexity.  It’s all about extracting value from an organisations most critical business asset – data.  At Veritas, Jasmit is responsible for the teams that engineer and architect intelligence driven data management solutions in the Cloud or On-prem.  Utilising the abstraction approach, Jasmit helps organisations successfully deploy data managements solutions that combine machine and human intelligence to minimise risk and leverage existing investments to enhance data management and protection.

Prior to joining Veritas, Jasmit worked for EMC for just over 10 years, leading various teams in EMC’s EMEA System and Solution Engineering organisation. He led Digital, IT and Cloud Transformation initiatives.

Simone Scott

Group Data Protection Officer, AGS Airports

Simone is the Group Data Protection Officer for three UK airports, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton. Simone leads the data protection strategy and compliance programme across the group.

Simone was previously an Information Governance Advisor for NHS National Services Scotland, working within Public Health and Intelligence. Simone was also a member of the Public Benefit and Privacy Panel.

Prior to this, she was a Data Protection Advisor for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, providing data protection advice across the health board, investigating breaches and delivering the Board’s information governance training.

Richmond Davies

Information Governance Lead and Deputy Caldicott Guardian, NHS National Services for Scotland

Richmond Davies is the lead for Information Governance and a deputy Caldicott Guardian at Public Health & Intelligence of NHS National Services Scotland.  He has just over 23 years of experience of working in the NHS in clinical and non-clinical roles. He is also responsible for ensuring that the statistics produced by NHS National Services Scotland are trustworthy, of high quality and of public value. He is very interested in the potential of data science in making a positive difference to health and social care and he holds a doctorate in information science.

Ryan Manyika

Privacy Consultant, OneTrust

Ryan Manyika is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E) and a Privacy Consultant at OneTrust – a global leader in privacy management and marketing compliance software. In his role, Ryan advises many of the world's leading organizations on General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and ePrivacy (Cookie Law) solution implementations, focused on formulating efficient and effective responses to data protection requirements as well as building and scaling enterprise-level privacy programmes. Ryan frequently speaks at industry events, including global PrivacyConnect workshops, where he provides deep insight into regulatory issues and practical approaches to compliance. 

Laura Irvine

Partner, Davidson Chalmers Stewart LLP

Laura is Head of the Regulatory Team at Davidson Chalmers Stewart LLP, a Criminal Solicitor Advocate and Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Freedom of Information and Data Protection Law.

Her ‘claim to fame’ is that she was part of the only legal team in the UK to have successfully overturned a data breach fine imposed by the ICO under the Data Protection Act 1998 – so far! She wrote the Law Society of Scotland’s Guide to the GDPR and is a co-founder of PODs (Protectors of Data Scotland) the pre-eminent group of data protection enthusiasts in Scotland.

She works with clients across sectors providing contentious and non-contentious data protection advice. She also advises on cyber security matters, working collaboratively cyber security firms across Scotland.

She is a board member of the Scottish Business Resilience Centre which works with Government, Police and other public sector bodies to assist the private sector in Scotland to remain resilient.  


Dr Mairead Wood

Senior Data Protection Officer, HEFESTIS 

Recognised in the PrivSec200 for her contribution to the European privacy sector, Mairead has a wealth of experience in data. During her time in Scottish Government, she helped to establish national governance frameworks to support data linkage across different sectors including health, energy, education and justice for research and statistical purposes, supporting delivery of the Scottish Informatics and Linkage Collaboration (SILC). She was involved in negotiating data sharing arrangements to support the devolution of social security powers from UK to Scottish Government, championing data protection by design, directing the Bill Team on information sharing legislation, supporting and drafting data protection impact assessments and developing a Data Strategy for the Programme. A privacy advocate, Mairead now heads-up a unique DPO Shared Service offering, working closely with and providing support to the CISO Shared Service to ensure HEFESTIS Ltd provide a joined-up approach to privacy and security across the Scottish Further and Higher Education sector. She is the named DPO for the Glasgow Colleges and Regional Board.