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 Mark Humphries
 DAMA UK Chairman

I am a Managing Consultant at Civica Digital specialising in developing  data strategies and roadmaps for Civica’s clients in central and local government and in regulated markets. Previously, I was the Data Manager for a Belgian energy supplier where I led Data Governance and Data Quality programmes as well as extending BI capabilities and introducing Business Analytics to support Continuous Improvement. In 2010 I was a finalist in the Dutch/Belgian Data Quality Award based on the quantified benefits of the Data Quality program that I led.

I am an advocate for keeping data management as simple and business focused as possible, and I promote the principle that data management professionals should first understand how a business delivers value and then match the appropriate  techniques to support value delivery.

I have a First Class Degree in Engineering from Cambridge University, I am a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Engineering and Technology and hold the DAMA International CDMP certification at Mastery Level. Thanks to my time in Belgium, I also speak French and Dutch.

Board of Directors

Akhtar Ali, DAMA UK Vice Chair

Nigel Turner

Nigel is an 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, spending much of his career in British Telecommunications (BT) where he led a company wide data quality improvement programme, provided data management consultancy to many of BT’s major corporate customers, 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, tutor and chair at information management and CRM conferences, and has written many papers and articles on data management and CRM. He is also the co-founder (with DAMA UK’s Neil Harvey) of our award winning Data Professionals’ Mentorship programme.

Nigel believes passionately that the key to better data management is winning the hearts and minds of both business people and IT professionals so that they see data as a critical corporate asset and are willing to work together to protect, improve and exploit it. To do this the data management professional must be able to explain data challenges and opportunities in simple terms to non-specialists, and prove the direct business benefits of better data. As the great jazz musician Charles Mingus once said, “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity."


Chris Bradley

CHRISTOPHER BRADLEY is an Independent Information Strategist with over 36  years Data Management industry experience. He is an advisor to Global organisations on best practice for EIM strategy, Capability uplift, Data Governance, Information Management & Information exploitation. His passion is to help organisations genuinely manage and exploit Information as a critical corporate asset & to improve both people & process capabilities in the Information domain.

He is the inaugural Fellow of DAMA CDMP https://t.co/qgVWuMUusQ https://goo.gl/MF4nzt and is chair of the Fellowship board. He is an author of the DMBOK 2 and author & examiner for the CDMP professional certification.

In April 2016 Chris received the exceptional achievement award https://goo.gl/3KZYFh from DAMA International for lifetime services to furthering Data Management & to the International Data Management community.

Chris assists organisations to improve their Information capabilities, helping make the business case to establish an Enterprise Information strategy and introduce Information practices with realistic, workable Data Quality, Governance and Business Processes. He is frequently engaged to evangelise the Information Management and Data Governance message to Executive management worldwide, introduce Data Governance and new business processes for Information Management and to deliver training and mentoring across the critical Information Management disciplines.

He is a Director of the E&P standards committee “DMBoard”, an author of several books and papers (including the forthcoming DMBoK 2.0), and a member of the Meta Data Professionals Organisation (MPO).

Blog: http://infomanagementlifeandpetrol.blogspot.com/, Twitter @Inforacer, Chris.Bradley@dmadvisors.co.uk

Sue Russell, Office & Finance Manager

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


Nicola Askham

Nicola is an independent Data Management Consultant, whose primary area of expertise is Data Governance. Nicola is experienced in designing and implementing data governance frameworks in both regulatory and non-regulatory environments. She has worked in Data Management for over nine years, initially for a leading UK Bank, before becoming a consultant at the beginning of 2009.


Suzanne Coumbaros

Suzanne Coumbaros 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 own companies both across the UK and Africa, where she has created data management strategies, data governance teams and built data architectural designs and data warehouses.

Lisa Allen

Lisa is a motivated leader who is passionate about data. She has experience across Government on a range of topics including open data, data governance, data cataloguing GDPR and data transformation.

Lisa is currently Head of Data Management and Requirements at Ordnance Survey. She leads a team of data specialists in the newly-formed Data Office, ensuring OS’s data meets customers’ demands, both now and into the future

Ian Chapman

Steve Corcoran

I have over 30 years’ experience in Systems Development and Data Management activities across a range of industries – Manufacturing, Software Development, Travel Information Publishing and Insurance.

I strongly believe that good data management practices can ensure that data becomes a real asset to be used for the benefit of every organisation. I also feel it is important that teams from ‘the business’ and ‘IT’ clearly understand that they both have an equal role to play in making this happen in a ‘properly joined-up’ manner.

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