ODPA appoints new key staff

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The Office of the Data Protection Authority (ODPA) has recruited three staff in key roles, to ensure it has the right mix of skills to be an effective regulator of the Bailiwick’s data protection legislation.

Edward Chapman and Martin Harris join as case and compliance investigators to fulfil the role of investigating data breaches and complaints in the Bailiwick. Kirsty Bougourd has started as communications and outreach officer with responsibility for establishing and running the ODPA’s education programme for local schools as well as assisting with internal and external communications.

Emma Martins, Guernsey’s Data Protection Commissioner, says the appointments are very important and timely following the first anniversary of The Data Protection (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2017, in May.

ODPA new starters with Commissioner (L-R) Edward Chapman, Emma Martins, Martin Harris, Kirsty Bougourd.

‘I am delighted to welcome our three newest members of staff. Our Office has gone through a number of significant changes since the new legislation came into force last May. We have given careful consideration as to how we can perform our statutory duties, including how best we structure our limited resources.

‘The qualities our new team members bring to this increasingly important area of regulation will directly impact how successful we are. As with any organisation, our employees are our most important and valued asset and I am extremely proud of the team we now have in place. Our team’s mix of skills, combined with their genuine commitment to providing the highest quality regulation means we are now in a stronger position than ever to be an effective regulator and achieve our strategic aims,’ said Mrs Martins.

Kirsty’s extensive background in journalism and teaching will be instrumental in raising young people’s awareness of data protection and their digital footprint. Her work will cover a broad spectrum of ages from primary school children all the way up to college students.

New York-born Edward joins the ODPA as a skilled investigator following 10 years’ working for London’s Metropolitan Police, six of which were as a Detective Constable. His skills and experience will be a huge asset to the ODPA’s compliance and enforcement function, and will help inform how investigations are conducted.

Martin has a wealth of investigation experience having worked for Guernsey Police for 30 years. During his time with the Police he attained the rank of Sergeant and undertook various areas of specialisms ranging from uniformed operations to criminal investigations. Martin’s considerable experience and knowledge will make him an integral team member, and his valuable skillset will further strengthen the ODPA’s compliance and enforcement capabilities.