Board of Directors
Mark is a Managing Consultant at Civica specialising in developing data strategies for Civica’s clients in central and local government. Mark is a self-confessed data geek who has spent most of his professional life working with data in one way or another, from moving it around to making sense of it, but most of all trying to ensure that it is right in the first place. Mark's vision is for DAMA UK to be seen as the natural home for data management professionals who look to the DMBoK for inspiration and guidance and who aspire to hold CDMP as recognition of their professionalism.
Akhtar Ali is a Data & Information Governance specialist with a wealth of experience in creating and implementing data vision and strategy. Akhtar has extensive experience of working in the utilities industry where he has gained both regulatory and commercial experience. He has a proven track record in Records Retention, GDPR, Data Governance, Data Quality tools and Information Management, supported by strong Change Management and Business Transformation skills.
As Vice Chair of DAMA UK, Akhtar would like to grow DAMA UK to become the natural home for data professionals across the UK.
Nigel is Principal 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. He spent much of his career in British Telecommunications (BT) where he led a company wide data quality improvement programme 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, trainer and chair at information management conferences and events.
Christopher Bradley is an Independent Information Strategist with over 40 years of Information Management experience. Chris & his team at Data Management Advisors Ltd advise Global organisations on Data strategy, Capability uplift, Data Governance & Information exploitation. Chris is VP Professional Development at DAMA International, leading the Worldwide CDMP & DMBoK developments & is an author of the DMBOK 2 and lead author & examiner for the CDMP professional certification. In 2016 Chris became the inaugural DAMA CDMP Fellow and chair of the Fellowship board & received the DAMA lifetime achievement award for services in furthering Data Management to the International Data Management community. He is also a Director of the E&P standards committee “DMBoard”, sits on several International Data standards committees & has written several books and papers.
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 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 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 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 is a Data Architect with over 25 years’ of industry experience, with 18 years exclusively on Data Management projects predominantly in Financial Services. He has in-depth experience covering all aspects of Architecture, Design and Implementation, from high-level Strategy and Architecture to low-level Design and Delivery. Educated to degree level, together with Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status awarded by the BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, he also holds the DAMA Certified Data Management (CDMP) qualification. He has been a DAMA UK committee member since November 2017 with responsibilities for the web presence and membership administration.
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.
Deborah is a data governance specialist with experience applying and advising on organisational data policy and leading culture change through open and better use of data. Deborah is currently a Senior Consultant at the Open Data Institute where she works with a range of organisations across a range of sectors, including the engineering, agricultural, financial and public sectors.
Mary Drabble is the Principal Data Governance Analyst at Standard Life Aberdeen, leading a team embedding the organisation-wide Data Governance Implementation Framework. Mary has a proven track record in Master Data Management, Data Governance and Data Quality tools, methodologies, architectures and processes. Prior to taking on an end user role, as a consultant with more than 15 years’ experience in Information Management, she helped clients across all industries in a wide variety of engagements ranging from Analytical to Operational data and information management solutions.