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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 is the Complaints Commissioner to the Financial Regulators (Bank of England, FCA and PRA), Judge of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal and on the Board of the PHSO (Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman).

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.

Robert Bond: (industry member)

Robert is a Solicitor, Notary Public and Compliance & Ethics Professional

Robert Bond has over 40 years’ experience in the fields of IT, e-commerce, computer games, media and publishing, data protection, information security and cyber risks.

Robert is Head of the Examination Board for the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection, President of the Board of the Society for Corporate Compliance & Ethics, Chairman of the Data Protection Network, a Director of South West Grid for Learning, a Council Member of the Notaries’ Society, a founder member of the Advisory Group on the Governance of Data and AI to the United Nations, a Fellow of the Society of Advanced Legal Studies and a Companion of the British Computer Society.

Gilbert Hill

Gilbert is a privacy technologist, entrepreneur and speaker. He was previously CEO at Tapmydata, a VC-funded Web3 startup building wallets for data control and portability. Gilbert advises brands, boards and crypto projects on data strategy and execution as a NED, and he is a Founding Member of the Data Privacy Protocol Alliance.

After a career in Finance, as MD of a London digital agency Gilbert grew fascinated by the relationship between data, digital marketing and regulation, founding Optanon, a pioneering software product in the PrivTech sector, and Cookiepedia, knowledge base for consumer tracking on the Web.  These businesses were acquired by OneTrust and he led the deal, migration of legacy clients, team and technology while establishing new operational units across Europe.

On a voluntary basis, Gilbert is Fellow and Senior Tutor on Privacy & Ethics at the Institute of Data & Marketing, and a regular contributor to events and media in the UK and internationally.

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.

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.