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Ian West

Global Advisory Board Member

The GDPR Institut

Ian is a founding member of the Swiss-based GDPR Institut, which is the leading organization focused on providing GDPR guidance and educational materials, as well as having provided guidance to the EU Parliament on crafting and commenting on the GDPR regulation. Ian is also an Advisory Board Member of the Digital Risk Management Institute and serves as one of it’s many GDPR Subject Matter experts.

Ian has advised and served as a key consultant to many International corporations getting them to a GDPR defensible position.

In 2017, Ian was described as the “Godfather of GDPR”, a “Digital Hero” and is at the forefront of assisting clients move their Information infrastructure from the analog Industrial world to the Digital Domain.

Ian has 30 years’ experience in the Analytics, Information Management, Data Governance, Privacy & Security markets, from the earliest generations of Enterprise Information Systems, to current expertise in every aspect of the increasingly complex and ever-changing Information market.

Ian has led Information Management businesses for major IT Solutions and Consulting companies, plus smaller niche IM solution providers with a common focus on superior execution and delighting clients with professional innovation, which develops into long-term mutually beneficial business relationships.

Ian has worked with clients from all industry sectors at a UK, European and Global level. He combines a detailed knowledge of the specific requirements of each market segment with the ability to share best practices across industry sectors to deliver new and innovative propositions which resolve complex business challenges to maximize organisational value.

Ian is a regular contributor as a subject matter expert at UK and European conferences. His opinion is sought by journalists across Europe and he regularly contributes on Analytics, Information Governance and Compliance, Data Quality, Information Lifecycle Management, Master Data Management, Data Monetisation, and Process Optimisation, Business Intelligence, Data Warehousing, Big Data and increasingly on all matters Digital Information Transformation.

Ian has a degree in Design & Technology from Loughborough University which explains many of his sporting passions.


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