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Our Team

Our services are delivered by our team of highly skilled and qualified Information Governance and Data Management professionals, many of whom have worked in education settings and have practical experience of implementing data protection, security and management systems.

Staff Profiles

Clare Wilson

Clare Wilson

Team Manager – CIPPe, CIPM

Formerly one of our Service Managers and a senior leader and teacher in both FE and Secondary, Clare’s background as a DPO, an author, senior examiner, teacher trainer and teacher of law, makes her uniquely placed to understand the impact of data protection legislation on the management and governance of a school.

Other relevant qualifications:

LL.B (Hons) Lond, MSET

Claire Archibald

Claire Archibald

Service Manager, Data Protection

Claire has experience as a Solicitor as well as experience in project management, counselling and working as a School Business Officer which gives her a unique understanding of the challenges schools face with data protection. Claire leads our Data Protection Officer for Schools Team. Claire also acts as our quality assurance manager and ensures the team continuously improves its services.

Connect with Claire Archibald on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/claire-archibald-b608001a1/ and Twitter here https://twitter.com/Archibfam

Other relevant qualifications:

LLB Law & Legal Practice Certificate

BCS Data Protection Practitioner

Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM)

Becca de Ville

Becca de Ville

Service Manager, Cyber Security – BCS Data Protection Foundation, CISMP

Becca has worked in Data Protection and IT for over ten years. Before this, Becca supported schools and small businesses as a Network Engineer and gained experience working with a variety of educational settings.

Becca prides herself on being friendly and approachable and being passionate about supporting people through the often complex world of data protection and cybersecurity.

 

Amy Vickers

Amy Vickers

Service Manager – Data Protection

Amy joined Education Data Hub in 2022 and brings over 8 years of experience of working within Derbyshire County Council, most recently a manager within Information Governance for Childrens Services. She was responsible for recruiting a large team and leading the service through the transition and adoption of the GDPR legislation in 2018.

Amy also created, developed, and implemented specific service development plans to improve the process and efficiency of the service, mainly around Subject Access Requests, Security Breaches, and Individual Rights Requests for both the organisation and the data subjects. These are the key skills and experience elements that she now brings to the Data Protection team, leading on process improvement, team operations and service delivery with a focus on internal procedures and personnel support.

Gill Claxton

Gill Claxton

Service Manager – Data Management

Gill’s previous role as a Bank Manager, with over 15 years’ experience in business banking, along with over 6 years as a School Business Officer, gives her a comprehensive understanding of the importance of capturing and utilising robust data.

Gill has first-hand knowledge of the RM Integris Management Information System and extracting information and reports for use by School, Governors and Regulators.  Gill was also the GDPR lead, responsible for implementing GDPR strategies across the school and therefore has a sound knowledge of data protection and the related challenges faced in schools.

Marie Kearney

Marie Kearney

Service Development Manager, Cyber Security & Online Safety, CISMP

Marie has been supporting the work of Education Data Hub since the summer of 2020. Her role as a Service Development Manager has made her an integral part of the cyber security team, assisting with the ongoing development of cyber security and online safety services.

Marie started her working life as a database controller in the private sector and subsequently has vast experience of working in both primary and secondary settings. Her practical experience of information processes and governance, protecting critical data systems, and safeguarding pupils, means she understands the needs of school staff and the pressures and priorities education settings face on a daily basis.

Alex Steward

Alex Steward

Data Protection Assistant

Alex joined the team in August 2020. She is currently completing the Data Protection and Information Governance Apprenticeship whilst assisting with the ongoing development of our Data Protection services and taking on tasks, such as writing and reviewing DPIAs and assisting with information requests.

LLB (Hons) Law.

Leila Grainger 

Leila Grainger 

Management Information Assistant

Leila joined Education Data Hub in 2021 combining her work with studying for her LLB. In 2023 Leila joined the team full time working primarily in our Information Requests division and is our redaction and preparation for release specialist. The other side of her work involves arranging all school contracts and welcoming them to our service.

LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology

Victoria Garton

Victoria Garton

Data Protection Consultant

Victoria joined the team following more than a decade of experience as a School Data Manager and having implemented GDPR strategies in a large secondary school setting.

She understands the challenges facing many of our schools and is keen to provide proactive and bespoke support to school communities and data leads on their journey to data excellence.

Michele Guadagni

Michele Guadagni

Management Information Assistant

Michele has worked for over 12 years in Cancer Services within the NHS and has gained a wealth of experience which includes using a multitude of NHS computer systems, information governance and patient support.

She also has almost a decade of experience working in primary school settings and enjoys being able to use these combined skills to help and support schools through their journey to cyber security.

Paula Wares

Paula Wares

Cyber Security Consultant, CISMP

Paula has over eleven years’ experience in education, both in the classroom and working as part of a Multi Academy Trust central team as the Data Protection Officer, developing and implementing GDPR processes as well as the development and compliance of websites across the trust. This has provided Paula with an in-depth insight into the challenges faced by schools with data protection compliance and cyber security.

With a solid technical background gained from working as an analyst in software development, Paula understands data flows and business processes and the risks associated with these.  By combining her experience, she is able to support schools on their cyber security journey.

Bridget Mccrea

Bridget Mccrea

Data Protection Consultant

Bridget joined the Education Data Hub Data Protection for Schools Team in 2022 bringing 3 years’ experience working in the Derbyshire County Council Information Governance team, specialising in Subject Access and Freedom of Information requests.

Prior to this, Bridget has had a varied career including working in the training sector supporting the delivery of apprenticeships and training for employers and individuals, and delivering direct services to the public working for a local charity, which means she fully understands how data protection is integral to the confidence of service users. Bridget began her working life in the theatre/conference industry designing and organising large live/televised events, has worked in finance, and also run her own business.

Jacqui Wheatcroft

Jacqui Wheatcroft

Data Protection Consultant

Jacqui brings over 15 years of experience working as a School Business Officer in a large secondary school, where she supported the strategic leadership of school improvement, school governance and worked alongside senior leaders.  One of her areas of responsibility was to support with GDPR compliance, including dealing with SARs and data breaches, giving Jacqui a real insight into some of the data protection challenges school staff are faced with.

Having worked in both the public and private sectors, Jacqui fully understands the importance of providing a high quality service.  She is keen to support school communities and data leads by providing proactive advice and guidance on their journey towards data excellence.

Leanne Sowerby

Leanne Sowerby

Data Protection Consultant

Leanne has joined the team with a background in accounting and administration and 15 years’ experience working as a school Business Manager in Derbyshire Primary school settings.

Throughout her career she has honed a diverse skill set that includes financial management and administration operations, ensuring the smooth and efficient running of school processes. Leanne has a proven track record of implementing effective GDPR measures and looks forward to supporting you on your own data protection journey.

Zac Cantrill

Zac Cantrill

Business Services Assistant

Zac joined the Education Data Hub with three years of experience working in IT at Derbyshire County Council’s Children’s Services, alongside a college-level diploma in IT Systems and Cyber Security. His main responsibilities are Information Requests and contributing to the technical aspects of the service, across both Data Protection and the Cyber Security teams. 

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