Annual Data Protection Conference - Dublin

     11th & 12th November 2021 - Dublin, Ireland



16th Annual Data Protection Compliance Conference - LIVE EVENT



Outlined below are the data protection experts presenting at the 16th Annual Data Protection Practical Compliance Conference.




Doug McMahon

Doug McMahon
McCann FitzGerald
Doug McMahon  is a Partner in the Technology and Innovation Group in McCann FitzGerald.  Doug provides specialist advice on contentious and non-contentious data protection matters, including conducting privacy impact assessments, drafting data protection policies, notices and data processing clauses, dealing with access requests, data security breach issues, Data Protection Commissioner audits and investigations, marketing obligations, international data transfers and registration obligations.

Doug has significant experience helping clients to prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), both in the private and the public sector.  This includes creating GDPR compliance programmes and advising on implementing policies and procedures to comply with the new requirements under the GDPR.

John O'Dwyer

John O'Dwyer
Deputy Commissioner
Data Protection

John O'Dwyer was appointed Deputy Commissioner at the Data Protection Commission (DPC) Ireland in August 2013. As the Deputy Commissioner, John initially had responsibilities across all functions of the office including compliance, audits, enforcement, investigations, breaches, registration and general administration.

Due to the growth of the office under GDPR, John has become a Head of Regulatory Activity with responsibility for Access Request complaint handling, some cross border investigations, issues and complaints arising from the Law Enforcement Directive, breach notifications and assessment, breach complaints and international data transfers. Along with the Commissioner and other Deputy Commissioners, he represents Ireland on the European Data Protection Board. He has also worked in Brussels on two occasions during Ireland’s Presidency of the EU in 2004 and 2013.

John Wilson

John Wilson
Records Management

JMW Mosaic

John Wilson has worked as an information professional for over 35 years and since 1994 he has worked as an independent trainer and consultant specialising in information management with particular emphasis on knowledge sharing, document and records management, indexing and taxonomy.

John has developed and delivered many training courses on information and records management in Europe and the Middle East. He has undertaken consultancy projects for clients in a wide range of sectors including central and local government, banking, energy, biotechnology and utilities in the Europe, the UK and the Caribbean. John has worked in both the public and private sectors and was Head of Information Services with BP Exploration before re-training as an in-house information management consultant with BP.

He is a founder member and past Director of the Information and Records Management Society. In 2011 he was appointed IRMS International Officer and in May 2013 he was awarded Fellowship of the Society.

Linda Hines

Linda Hynes
Lewis Silkin Ireland
Linda Hynes is a Partner in Lewis Silkin’s Employment, Immigration and Reward department based in the Dublin Office. She advises on all aspects of the employment law relationship from recruitment to termination, including the data protection aspects of all HR practices.

Linda headed up the employment law and data protection team of Leman Solicitors for 6 years where she advised clients on a variety of employment law and data protection issues. Linda holds the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection and advises clients on all aspects of data protection compliance including dealing with access requests and data breaches, transfers of data abroad and using data in the employment context. Linda has advised a significant number of clients on their GDPR compliance programmes assisting them on auditing their compliance, implementing strong compliance frameworks and putting the training and policies behind those frameworks.

Mark Ellis

Mark Ellis
Senior Associate
McCann FitzGerald
Mark Ellis is a senior associate in the McCann FitzGerald Technology & Innovation Group and has specialist knowledge, experience and expertise in data protection and privacy matters as well as IP and technology matters.  In addition to general data protection work, Mark has extensive experience concerning the data protection aspects of M&A transactions.


Paul Lavery

Paul Lavery
McCann Fitzgerald
Paul Lavery is a Partner and the Head of the Technology and Innovation Group in McCann FitzGerald. Paul is a specialist adviser on a data protection, information technology, intellectual property, e-commerce, confidentiality and freedom of information issues.

Paul is the author of Commercial Secrets: The Action for Breach of Confidence in Ireland, the first Irish work on the topic. Paul's book has been quoted in judgments of the Irish Supreme Court.

Paul specialises in all aspects of data protection law including data protection compliance issues, dealing with access requests, data security breach issues, Data Protection Commissioner audits and investigations, marketing obligations, data protection notices and contractual provisions, international data transfers and registration obligations.

Paul is a Member of the Examination Board for the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection.

Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection



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"Excellent day! The presentations provided practical advice that will be useful in my day to day job."
Jason Palmer
AXA Life Europe Ltd


"Particularly useful was the guidance on formulation and structure of data protection policies."
Dan McDonnell
Co Carlow VEC


"Extremely helpful and well organised"
Jim O’Connell
Douglas Credit Union


"Each presentation had something important to reflect on"
Marie Cussen


"Content was excellent"
Philip Higgins
ESB Energy Solutions


"Very informative and enjoyable. The handouts are very good"
Stephen Nolan


"Excellent presentations"
Paul Dawson
Dublin City Council


"Good to hear about the new developments. Very passionate speakers"
Ann Smith
Chartered Accountants Ireland


"The presenters were very interesting."
Muriel Koyce
Sunbeam House Services


"I found the Conference to touch all the relevant areas for practitioners and something that I have no doubt will be utilised within my organisation"
Lynne Martin
Eirecom Limited


"Great mix of topics/issues relating to data protection."
Tony Hughes
Waterford Credit Union


"Good tips on outsourcing. The lessons learned from breaches was very useful."
Bernadette Ryan
Bord Gais Eireann


"Speakers were very knowledgeable and articulate"
Philip Higgins
ESB Electric


"It was well put together. Good speakers, content and venue. First class. Thank you."
Danny O’Donoghue
Bishopstown Credit Union

“Excellent conference… really interesting. You covered a multitude of topics which has given me a food for thought!”
Louise Colgen
Central Bank of Ireland


"Very useful and informative"
Cathal McDermott


"Great event. All speakers and presentations were compelling and relevant"
Brian Short
Irish Continental Group plc


"Informative as usual"
Helen Sheehan
Euromedic Diagnostics Ltd


"The theory and practical advice given were highly welcomed"
Ann Smith
Chartered Accountants Ireland


"The presenters were very interesting."
Judith Fanning


"The practicality of the subjects was brilliant. A real feeling of having learned something to take away and think about"
Nicola Flannery
Paddy Power Plc


"Every subject was relevant and current"
Veronica O’Brien
Irish Water


"A very useful conference for all DP Practitioners and a great opportunity to share experiences with other practitioners in the field"
Catriona O’Sullivan
University College Cork


"This year, I was very happy with all the presentations. Thank you for organising it"
Irina Sharapova
Kerry Group Plc


"I found the conference not only to be practical, but enjoyable which was down to the standard and quality of the presenters"
Martina McKenna
Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board