About Data Protection People

Data Protection People is a privacy/data protection firm.  Our mission is to make data protection easy for people: easy to understand and easy to do.  We do that through the mantra of benchmark, improve, maintain.

We can be your DPO as a Service whether you need a privacy officer or a Data Protection Officer – whether that’s a statutory or a voluntary function.  We can undertake compliance assessments and audits, and help make your compliance management projects a success.  Our support desk is geared up to provide advice and consultancy on demand and our SAR Bureau can take away the donkey work of handling DSARs (data subject access requests).  We’ve developed a range of tools including a documented governance framework, training materials and DataWise, our very own “privacy tech” data protection compliance management platform.  We can get deeply involved with the security aspects of your data protection compliance management program as a PCI DSS QSA Company and qualified implementer and assessor of ISO27001.  We work in many sectors including social housing, healthcare, professional sport, education, FMCG, retail, oil and gas, local government, hospices, charities and more.

We employ around 15 full-time staff and around 20 part-time.  We are a small, fast moving owner-operated company.  We are innovative, flexible, and LOVE what we do in our niche area of work.

Our data security division complements the activities of the privacy practice, click here for more information on the Data Security People team’s suite of services.

The Management Team

philip-profilePhil Brining

Phil Brining, is co-founder and Director of Data Protection People, a Leeds-based consultancy business that helps organisations all over the UK with managing their compliance with data protection law and standards such as the payment card industry data security standard and ISO27001.

Phil has a broad range of project, operations, and consulting experience over several industries and has practiced as a data protection and information governance specialist since 2006.  Phil has an LLM masters degree in information rights law and practice and is a Qualified Security Assessor for the PCI DSS, and a Lead Auditor for ISO27001.  He has also worked as an assessor for ISO9001, the EFQM, and BS10012.

During his career Phil has worked at both Everton and Leeds United Football Clubs, in the hotel and catering industry, publishing, and in both the food and furniture manufacturing industries.

Outside of data protection and information rights law Phil enjoys brewing beer, sailing, skiing and family time.

david-profileDavid Hendry

Dave brings over 20 years experience in business to business sales to Data Protection People as the organisations sales director and provides an undoubted passion for sales and a continuous drive to succeed.

As a commercially focused individual, Dave can demonstrate an impressive track record in corporate and public sector sales, ranging from application integration software through to infrastructure managed services and IT security solutions.  Dave’s passion for security and keeping his clients data secure led him into becoming one of the companies founders back in 2015.

Prior to forming Data Protection People, Dave was a Senior Business Development Manager at Montal Computer Services (acquired by Castleton Technology PLC in June 2014), responsible for the growth of the organisations customer base within the Social Housing Sector.

Born and raised in Leeds, Dave is a proud “Yorkshireman” who actively follows Leeds United, Leeds Rhino’s and Yorkshire Cricket. In his spare time he is a keen squash player, although as he is married with three young children the amount of time he can devote to this hobby is reducing rapidly!

profile-andrewAndrew Mason

Andrew is committed to ensuring that the company develops innovative market-changing solutions. He is a leading networking and security expert, having attained numerous globally recognised qualifications such as CISSP, PCI QSA, Check Team Leader and CCIE. Andrew is also an MBA graduate of Leeds University.

An active entrepreneur and technologist, Andrew has over 25 years industry experience and has owned various successful technology organisations during his career. Most notably RandomStorm, a leading information security organisation. Throughout his career Andrew has held a range of technical lead positions and is a self-confessed disruptive innovator.

Andrew is the author of several market defining books on Cisco products and network security technologies. In his spare time Andrew enjoys spending time with his family and enjoying hobbies such as mountain biking, golf and travel.

profile-robinRobin Hill

A self-confessed entrepreneurial sales professional, Robin has an impressive track record spanning over 20 years in corporate sales across various sectors including office equipment, network services and IT security.

Robin was the cofounder of RandomStorm, a leading IT security company. In fact, Robin has worked with start-up businesses for the majority of his career, including Boxing Orange, Webscreen and views himself as a specialist in business development.

Having developed a proven sales formula, Robin brings a wealth of sales expertise to the management team.

When he gets chance to relax, Robin enjoys spending time with his family, as well as hobbies such as golf, skiing, running and tennis.