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Ralph T. O’Brien

Senior Privacy Consultant

United Kingdom

Ralph has spent over two decades working at the intersection of privacy, security and risk management. Ralph is an experienced data privacy consultant, speaker, trainer, auditor, negotiator and manager. His key passion is in using his knowledge of privacy laws and information governance standards to help businesses develop and grow, engaging stakeholders, and delivering complex projects within the information governance sphere.

Ralph is a trusted advisor on Global Privacy and Security compliance, practices and management for the past two decades. He believes good information governance adds business value to achieve business objectives and return on investment. His role includes acting as a senior level “translator” between IT, business and compliance professionals, thought leadership, business development, partnerships and product development. His experience includes strategic Privacy Management and GDPR adoption programs, advisory services and assurance delivery in global multinational environments.

Prior to that, he has been an experienced Product and Services business development lead, Principal Consultant and Manager, delivering training, consultancy and audit of data protection, business continuity and information security – Management of consultancy and audit teams across multiple topics, responding to tenders and delivering solutions proposals.

He has worked in a wide variety of industry sectors including the with a focus on Defense, Public Sector, Technology, Pharma and Financial Services, representing both multinational corporations and boutique specialist consultancies.

He continues to be a hands-on practitioner, combining business level consultancy with training and technical experience across ISO/IEC 27001, BS 10012, ISO 9001 and ISO 22301 standards through to certification. He was responsible for the first global joint 27001/25999 management system to be certified and sits on the international and British committees responsible for ISO 27001, BS 10012 and ISO 27701.

With a focus upon business processes and the protection of information, and an ethos of management assurance, risk management and knowledge transfer he continues to ensure effective protection of assets appropriate to the business needs of the client.

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