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About Data Protection People

Data Protection People’s headquarters is based in the heart of Leeds, supported by a team of consultants located around the UK to provide maximum value for our client base . Our experienced privacy team has unrivaled experience gained in senior roles in the public and private sector and a strong academic grounding, with staff holding post-graduate and professional qualifications in the field of information rights law and data protection practice.  By combining specialist consultancy, managed services, a support desk and compliance software, we are able to offer our clients an end-to-end data protection service.  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, as the organisation operations director responsible for the delivery of all of our services. 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 engaged by several multi-national organisations as well as many small to medium sized businesses and charities.  To compliment his experience Phil has an LLM masters degree in information rights law and practice and is a QSA in the field of PCI DSS.

Prior to starting Data Protection People Phil formed and ran Absolute Data, a niche salesforce development and data consulting business and in his career has worked at both Everton and Leeds United Football Clubs, in the hotel and catering industry, in publishing and education and in both food and furniture manufacturing.

Outside of data protection and information rights law Phil enjoys dinghy sailing, skiing, camping and spending time with his family.


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.