PwC grows data protection practice

PwC has hired Fedelma Good as a director in its expanding multi-disciplinary data protection practice in London. Fedelma joins PwC from Barclays UK, where she was Director of Information Strategy and Governance, responsible in part for leading the bank’s preparations for the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Fedelma is a renowned data protection expert, particularly well-known in the financial services and marketing industries. She brings a wealth of experience in data, technology, privacy and e-privacy, governance and risk management.

Fedelma will play an integral part in the continuing expansion of PwC’s data protection practice with the GDPR requirements leading to increased client demand for expertise. An important part of her new role will be leading the development and delivery of PwC’s MyDPO offering – a service designed specifically to help businesses meet the Data Protection Officer requirements of the GDPR.

Fedelma Good, director at PwC, said:

“GDPR is bringing about the biggest changes to the data protection landscape in more than 20 years. PwC is undertaking innovative work in this space to help organisations tackle these changes and make the necessary alterations to how they do business every day, not just for the deadline of May 2018 but beyond. I look forward to bringing my experience and expertise to bear in developing new services to meet this client need.”

The PwC data protection practice was established by lead partner, Stewart Room, in September 2014 and has since grown to over 250 people in the UK, with the expectation that this will continue to grow as the GDPR comes into force next May.

Stewart Room, lead partner for GDPR and data protection at PwC, said:

“Fedelma is internationally recognised as a leading professional in the data protection field, with market leading knowledge on GDPR programme implementations. Fedelma will boost PwC’s presence in the financial services data protection market place, where we have made considerable investments in recent years. I am delighted that she has joined our multi-disciplinary team.”

Fedelma’s appointment follows the recent recruitment of other senior hires to the data protection legal team, including Kate Macmillan, to lead on reputation management, and James Drury-Smith, a specialist in financial services data protection law.