Announcement!

The DAMA UK Committee Elections are now complete, and the newly appointed Committee can be seen below.

This new committee was appointed in June 2021, with elections occurring every 2 years, and voting open to all members.

Please welcome your new Committee!

















Mark Humphries
DAMA UK Chairman

Mark is the Head of BI & Analytics Consultancy at Civica, where he works with clients in central and local government to gain actionable insight from their data. Mark is a self-confessed data geek who has spend most of his professional life working with data one way or another; from moving it around, to making sense of it, but most of all trying to ensure that it can be trusted.

Mark's vision is for DAMA UK to be the natural home for data management professionals who look to the DMBoK for inspiration and guidance, and who aspire to hold CDMP as recognition of their professionalism. Mark is Lead for Press and supports the London & SE region.

Lisa Allen

DAMA UK Vice Chair

Lisa is a motivated leader who is passionate about data. She has experience across government and the private sector on a range of topics including open data, data governance, data cataloguing, GDPR, and data transformation. Lisa is Head of Consultancy for Data Programmes at the Open Data Institute. She heads up an expert team offering advice and guidance to companies and governments to build an open and trustworthy data ecosystem. Lisa is Lead for Social Media.

Nigel Turner

Nigel is Principal Information Management consultant with Global Data Strategy Ltd., specialising in data strategy, data quality, and data governance. Overall, he has worked in data management for over 25 years. He spent much of his career in British Telecommunications (BT), where he led a company wide data quality improvement programme and ran information management and CRM practices. Since leaving BT, Nigel has worked in a variety of consultancy roles, providing help and advice to over 150 global companies. He is a regular speaker, trainer and chair at information management conferences and events. Nigel leads on the Mentoring Scheme, supports Event Co-ordination and covers the Wales region

Chris Bradley

Christopher Bradley is an Independent Information Strategist with over 40 years of Information Management experience. Chris and his team at Data Management Advisors Ltd. advise global organisations on data strategy, capability uplift, data governance, and information exploitation. Chris is VP Professional Development at DAMA International, leading the worldwide CDMP & DMBoK developments, and is the author of the DMBoK 2 and lead author and examiner for the CDMP professional certification. In 2016, Chris became the inaugural DAMA CDMP Fellow, and Chair of the Fellowship board, receiving the DAMA lifetime achievement award for services in furthering Data Management to the International Data Management community. He is also a Director of the E&P standards committee "DMBoard", sits on several International Data standards committees, and has written several books and papers. Chris is Lead on CDMP Training, the DMBoK and looks after the South West region.

Sue Russell
Office & Finance Manager

Sue runs a small event management business support company and supports DAMA UK and Team Defence Information. Sue is responsible for managing DAMA UK, her duties include managing membership, finance, the website, the design and layout of publications, and organising events. Please contact Sue in the first instance.

Nicola Askham

Nicola is better known as The Data Governance Coach, and has made it her mission to help as many people as possible be successful implementing Data Governance. With 18 years Data Governance experience, Nicola helps companies and consultants in a range of sectors to design and implement Data Governance successfully.

Nicola is responsible for arranging and hosting DAMA UK's webinars and supports the London and SE region.

Suzanne Coumbaros

Suzanne is a data management professional with many years of experience in data governance, data architecture, data warehousing, business intelligence, data quality, data development, and data strategy in a variety of organisations. Originally a computer programmer, statistician and mathematician from Cumbria UK, she has worked for many government led organisations as well as public and privately owned companies, across both the UK and Africa, where she has created data management strategies, data governance teams, and built data architectural designs and data warehouses. Suzanne is Lead on Sponsorship and supports the Northern region.

Andrew Lunt

I'm currently a data governance manager for the The Adecco Group and prior to that I was a BI manager for one of the sister brands of The Adecco Group, Pontoon. I have over 10 years experience working with data and have managed data teams in both the UK and Poland. I’ve been busy over the last year and a half setting up a data governance programme from scratch for The Adecco Group tackling culture change, data literacy, ownership and the concept of data governance!

I've recently passed my CDMP and look forward to taking the next level specialising in data governance and data quality. Andrew supports the Midlands and Northern Ireland regions.

Ian Chapman

Ian Chapman is a Data Architect with over 25 years’ of industry experience, with 18 years exclusively on Data Management projects predominantly in Financial Services. He has in-depth experience covering all aspects of Architecture, Design and Implementation, from high-level Strategy and Architecture to low-level Design and Delivery. Educated to degree level, together with Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status awarded by the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, he  also holds the DAMA Certified Data Management (CDMP) qualification. 

He has been a DAMA UK committee member since November 2017 with responsibilities for the web presence and membership administration. Ian is Lead for the DAMA UK Website & Development.

Deborah Yates

Deborah is a data governance specialist with experience applying and advising on organisational data policy and leading culture change through open and better use of data. Deborah is currently a Senior Consultant at the Open Data Institute where she works with a range of organisations across a range of sectors, including the engineering, agricultural, financial and public sectors. Deborah is Lead on Social Media and the South region.

Mary Drabble

Mary Drabble is the Principal Data Governance Analyst at Standard Life Aberdeen, leading a team embedding the organisation-wide Data Governance Implementation Framework. Mary has a proven track record in Master Data Management, Data Governance and Data Quality tools, methodologies, architectures and processes. Prior to taking on an end user role, as a consultant with more than 15 years’ experience in Information Management, she helped clients across all industries in a wide variety of engagements ranging from Analytical to Operational data and information management solutions. Mary supports the Mentoring Scheme, Webinar Planning and the Scotland region.

Akhtar Ali

Akhtar Ali is a Data & Information Governance specialist with a wealth of experience in creating and implementing data vision and strategy. Akhtar has extensive experience of working in the utilities industry where he has gained both regulatory and commercial experience. He has a proven track record in Records Retention, GDPR, Data Governance, Data Quality tools and Information Management, supported by strong Change Management and Business Transformation skills. Akhtar is Lead for the Midlands region

Jenny Andrew

Jenny is Head of Data at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, working to modernise the data infrastructure and culture at one of the UK's oldest professional associations. She learned her trade through a data-intensive PhD in satellite oceanography, followed by 10 years working in research data management for the British Oceanographic Centre, specialising in data architecture and metadata management.

Through her position on the DAMA UK board, Jenny hopes to share some of the experience of long-established professional bodies, helping strengthen the collective influence of data management experts. Jenny supports Event Co-ordination and the North and Northern Ireland regions.

Phil Jones

For the last 2 years I have fulfilled the role as M&S's Data Governance and Quality Strategist. In the role I have been accountable for the development of M&S's enterprise-wide approach to introducing data governance in an agile, incremental manner.

I also led a team to develop M&S’s data strategy, and was the product owner in the selection, implementation and operation of M&S’s data catalogue. More recently I have led work on the selection of a Data Quality tool, prioritising alignment with the operating model and integration with the data catalogue.

Throughout this work I have read and studied extensively, particularly benefiting from the DAMA DMBOK, Robert Seiner’s non-invasive approach, Nicola Askham’s great work and the framework developed by HM Government’s Data Quality Hub.

I have gained experience in building data governance and quality “from the ground up”, and have learnt loads from the many challenges along the way, particularly cultural considerations. I have learnt how to make data governance engaging and business-focused: an enabler to business transformation rather than being perceived as bureaucratic and dull. Phil is Lead for DAMA UK Content & Press and supports webinar organisation.

James Tucker

Following completion of a PhD in quantitative genetics, James has worked as an analyst in a range of government departments, joining the Office for National Statistics in 2013. He founded the Government Data Quality Hub in 2020, and established it as a service for anyone working directly or indirectly with data in the public sector, through provision of strategic direction and capability building initiatives. James is currently head of health and life events analysis at the ONS, where he retains a strong interest in data quality and management.

James has previous served on the Board of Trustees for the Royal Statistical Society, is on the editorial board for the RSS’s ‘Significance’ magazine, and has chaired the United Nations Quality Expert Group. James is Lead for Corporate & Public Sector Members and supports the Wales region.

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