As an authority on data management and GDPR, Ian West is a greatly popular expert on digital privacy. Currently leading enterprise-wide GDPR programmes for the World's Largest Bank, World's Largest Telco and many others, he has real-world experience on the front line of GDPR. With his hands-on career, Ian is in high demand at corporate events as he can provide actionable strategies for protecting consumer data, essential for business leaders to comprehensively understand. Ian has enjoyed a wide range of influential roles, including as the Director of Blue Prism and CEO of GDPR Associates, making him widely respected at industry events.
Ian has 32 years of experience across Data Governance, Information Security and Data Privacy. Due to this, he is a highly regarded subject matter expert and a very insightful GDPR speaker, who can cover all topics involving Digital Information Management. As the co-founder of GDPR Associates, Ian has dedicated his career to the world's largest specialist GDPR professional services firm. Spanning multiple continents, he has worked with over 150 high-profile clients to assist their data management policies. From retail to healthcare, GDPR Associates provides assessments, critical issue resolutions and support for internal teams, all topics that Ian discusses with corporate audiences at events.
After earning a degree in Design and Technology from Loughborough University, Ian worked in sales and retail before being appointed Global Account Director of i2 Technologies. During the 2000s, he enjoyed several prestigious Directorial roles within a vast variety of companies, including IBM and EDS. Upon joining Cognizant in 2013, Ian spent four years gaining a comprehensive understanding of Big Data Infrastructure, marking his venture into GDPR and Information Management. Ian thrived, and quickly gained a reputation as an industry-pioneering expert on digital management and analytics.
Ian has used his knowledge to aid several companies on advisory boards, including as a member of the GDPR Institute, Consulting Insights, Fluxible, SchoolMates, Blue Prism and the APPG AI. Abbreviated from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Artificial Intelligence, the organisation explores the implications of Artificial Intelligence in all areas of life. With his extensive experience and unrivalled expert knowledge, Ian applies his understanding of data to the world of Artificial Intelligence. When booked for events, audiences of Ian's speeches benefit from his diverse knowledge, which includes topics ranging from digital disruption to data management.