Direct Marketing Commission - Enforcing Higher Industry Standards

Data & Marketing Commission | Enforcing Higher Industry Standards

Board Profiles

Board Profiles

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Amerdeep Somal: (Chief Commissioner)

Amerdeep Somal is Chief Commissioner at the Data & Marketing Commission.  She was appointed the Complaints Commissioner to the Financial Regulators (Bank of England, FCA and PRA) on 1st November 2020 and Judge of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal.  Amerdeep was also appointed to the Board of the PHSO (Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman) on 1st July 2021.

Amerdeep was formerly the Independent Assessor to the Financial Ombudsman Service and Board member at the General Medical Council.  She is a former founding Commissioner at the Independent Police Complaints Commission, has held a number of Board roles and her ealier career was as a senior civil servant.

Fedelma Good: (industry member)

Fedelma is co-lead of PwC’s Data Protection Strategy, Law and Compliance practice in London. The team operates as part of PwC’s global data protection network, providing privacy advice and guidance to some of the world’s best-known brands.

Fedelma has contributed to a number of industry working groups over her years in the industry including, for example, those relating to cookies and the development of best practice guidelines for the use of data for marketing purposes. She is recognised particularly for her digital marketing/e-privacy knowledge and her ability to translate complex technical and legal issues into practical, understandable details.

She is former deputy chair of the UK DMA board, is an honorary fellow of the IDM and a frequent presenter at data protection, privacy, e-privacy and information governance conferences across Europe.

Charles Ping: (industry member)

Charles is an established leader in data and marketing and is the Managing Director of Winterberry Group, a specialised management consultancy, and the founder of Charles Ping Associates, advising both clients and agencies on marketing, strategy, leadership and regulation. He has worked at a senior level as a client, a supplier and in the agency world.  He was most recently Chief Executive and Chairman of Fuel data and UK Board member of Engine.

Charles is a former Chairman of the Direct Marketing Association and non-Executive Director for the Advertising Board of Finance (the key funding body for non-broadcast advertising self-regulation) and sits on the Governance Board of the Data Protection Network. Outside of work Charles lives in Suffolk and enjoys film, classical music and rebuilding and racing vintage cars.

Karen McArthur: (independent member)

An experienced and values driven Non-Executive Director with a portfolio of roles in public protection which include Chair/Adjudicator/Panel Member for Social Work England, Bar Standard Board, Chartered Institute Management Accountants, Teacher Regulation Agency as well as an independent member on the Armed Forces Service Complaints panel.

Karen is also a board member of London Travel Watch, the Welsh Housing Regulator, the Waterways Ombudsman, British Gas Energy Trust and the National Trust Nomination Committee.

Prior to this Karen worked in CR/sustainability in a global role at Thomson Reuters and for Vodafone.

Quinton Quayle: (independent member)

Quinton has sat on a number of boards, with a focus on regulation, health and the legal sector. He currently serves as Non-Executive Director of Cottsway Housing Association and is a Chair/Panel Member of High Speed 2’s “Need to Sell” Panel. He also serves as a Public Interest Observer at the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

Quinton is a fluent Thai speaker and currently advises several companies with investments in Thailand, including Prudential, Thai Beverages and Gurin Energy.

Prior to joining the private sector, Quinton was a member of the Diplomatic Service and served as British Ambassador to Romania and to Thailand.