17th Annual Data Protection Practical Compliance Conference


Data Protection Conference

Central Dublin / Virtual


17th & 18th November 2022





Outlined below are the data protection experts presenting at the 17th Annual Data Protection Practical Compliance Conference.




Adam Finlay

Adam Finlay
McCann FitzGerald
Adam Finlay is Partner at McCann FitzGerald, advising on a wide range of information technology, intellectual property, data protection, cyber security, confidentiality and freedom of information issues. He regularly advises clients in the public and private sectors on data protection, cyber security, freedom of information, access to information on the environment, open data and confidentiality matters.


Amy Brick

Amy Brick
Senior Associate
McCann FitzGerald

Amy Brick is a Senior Associate in the Disputes group in McCann FitzGerald. She has particular expertise in regulatory matters, having acted for a number of regulators in cases concerning challenges to regulatory decisions, supervisory and enforcement actions, criminal prosecutions and investigations. Amy also regularly advises clients in relation to contentious data protection matters, including civil data protection actions under the GDPR, as well as in complex commercial disputes.

Catherine Walsh

Catherine Walsh
Senior Associate
McCann FitzGerald
Catherine Walsh

Full Biography to follow shortly...


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.

Gordon Wade

Gordon Wade
Data Protection Lead

Gordon Wade is the Data Protection Lead at TikTok's Office of the Data Protection Officer (ODPO) in Dublin and brings international experience to the role having previously practiced as a senior privacy lawyer and Data Protection Officer in Ireland, Dubai and Thailand.

Gordon is a dual Irish and England & Wales qualified solicitor and New York qualified attorney. Gordon regularly publishes articles in leading law journals and lectures on Technology Risk and Data Incident Management.

John Fitzsimons

John Fitzsimons
Cornerstone Barristers
John Fitzsimons is a barrister at Cornerstone Barristers, and acquired his LL.B. from Trinity College, Dublin. He has particular expertise in data protection law. John regularly represents a wide range of clients in data protection claims.


Morgane Conaty

Morgane Conaty BL

Morgane Conaty is a practising barrister and a member of the Law Library. She was formerly a Legal Researcher at the Chief State Solicitor’s Office and previously worked as a Judicial Assistant to a High Court judge in Ireland and in the Legal Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Prior to this she studied Law and French at University College Cork and completed an LL.M at University College London.”

Patricia Soler

Patricia González
Ulecia Blanco Soler
Privacy Counsel

Patricia González Ulecia Blanco Soler (GUBS) is Privacy Counsel at Logitech. Patricia trained and qualified as both a Barrister and Solicitor in Spain. She represented and advised clients on a wide range of contentious matters during her time as an associate in the Litigation & Arbitration Department at Baker McKenzie. Patricia has been advising on cutting-edge information technology, data protection, data ethics, privacy and confidentiality in her role at IBM and now in her current role at Logitech.

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.

Robert Bond

Robert Bond
Compliance & Ethics,
Notary Public, Solicitor
Robert Bond has over 40 years' experience in the fields of IT, e-commerce, computer games, media and publishing, data protection, information security and cyber risks.

Robert sits on the Examination Board for the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection, Industry Commissioner at the Data & Marketing Commission, Past President of the Board of the Society of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, Chairman of the Data Protection Network, a Director of South West Grid for Learning, Deputy Vice-President of the Notaries Society, and a founder member of the Advisory Group on the Governance of Data and AI to the United Nations.

Ronan Hayes

Ronan Hayes
Data Protection Manager
BCM Global
Ronan Hayes qualified as a solicitor in 2010. He had various legal roles within Financial Services before joining the Data Protection Office in AIB in 2017 where he advised on a wide range of privacy and data protection matters. Ronan recently took up a new role in BCMGlobal ASI as data protection manager.


Valerie Lyons

Dr. Valerie Lyons
Chief Operating Officer
BH Consulting

Dr. Valerie Lyons is Chief Operating Officer at BH Consulting. Recently included as one of Europe's top 100 women in cybersecurity, Dr. Valerie Lyons is a highly experienced senior cybersecurity and privacy professional. Currently COO of BH Consulting, Valerie is also a subject matter expert in European data protection and privacy. She recently completed an award-winning PhD, researching organizational approaches to Information Privacy. She lectures on the topic of cybersecurity, privacy and ethics in several Irish academic institutions including Dublin City University. She is also a regular speaker at both industry and academic conferences on cybersecurity and privacy. Her key motivation is to change the approach to privacy so that privacy is the baseline rather than the goal, and to bring an understanding of privacy that extends beyond legislative dimensions.

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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


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Co Carlow VEC


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Douglas Credit Union


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ESB Energy Solutions


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Dublin City Council


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Chartered Accountants Ireland


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Muriel Koyce
Sunbeam House Services


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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"
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Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board