18th Annual Data Protection Practical Compliance Conference - November 2023


Data Protection Conference

In-person / Virtual


Thursday 9th & Friday 10th November 2023 - Dublin City Centre





Outlined below are the data protection experts presenting at the 18th Annual Data Protection Practical Compliance Conference.




David Murphy

David Murphy
Deputy Commissioner
Data Protection
Commission (DPC)

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: David Murphy is a Deputy Commissioner at the Data Protection Commission, responsible for supervision activities across the Public, Health, and Voluntary Sectors. Having joined the DPC in 2016, David has worked in the area of consultative engagement, providing best practice guidance and advice to organisations in both the public and private sectors on compliance with the data protection legislative frameworks. David participates in the work of the European Data Protection Board, on behalf of the DPC, on matters relating to public policy and health. He also frequently represents the DPC as a conference and event speaker on data protection topics.

Adam Finlay

Adam Finlay
McCann FitzGerald
Adam Finlay is Partner at McCann FitzGerald, advising on a wide range of data protection, information technology, intellectual property, cyber security and outsourcing issues. His clients include international and domestic market leaders, innovative disruptors and regulatory bodies.

He acts as trusted advisor to clients on all aspects of data protection and e-privacy law and compliance strategies, with a particular focus on providing sector specific and commercial advice.

Catherine Walsh

Catherine Walsh
Senior Associate
McCann FitzGerald

Catherine Walsh is a Senior Associate in the Technology & Innovation Group. She advises clients throughout the private and public sectors on a wide range of technology, IT outsourcing and services agreements and also provides specialist data protection, intellectual property and e-commerce advice.

Conor Hogan

Conor Hogan
Global Practice Director
Conor Hogan is Global Practice Director (Data Governance) at BSI. Conor oversees BSI's global practice team of data protection and privacy professionals, along with an expert eDiscovery and digital forensics team. His teams support clients from across the world to meet the evolving challenges of privacy and data protection compliance. As an outsourced DPO, Conor and his team advise on complex operational and strategic privacy challenges. Conor supports BSI’s clients to embed privacy and data protection into the fabric of their operations in a proactive and pragmatic manner.

Doug McMahon

Doug McMahon
McCann FitzGerald
Doug McMahon is a Partner at McCann FitzGerald. He advises on a wide range of matters including information technology, intellectual property, data protection, cyber security, confidentiality and freedom of information.

Doug has particular expertise in relation to the implementation of the GDPR in private and public sector organisations.  He also has significant experience advising in relation to data protection breaches and data security incidents, from initial investigation and reporting to resolution.

Doug lectures and provides workshops for clients and industry organisations on a number of topics, including obligations under the GDPR. Doug leads PDP's well-regarded in-person and virtual training course on Conducting Data Protection Impact Assessments.


Fedelma Good
Data Protection &
ePrivacy Consultant

Fedelma Good is an independent Privacy Consultant, having previously co-led PwC client facing Data Protection Legal team in the UK. Prior to that she was Director of Information Governance & Strategy at Barclays Bank, where she was a founding member of the Bank’s Information Business team.

Originally from Dublin, Fedelma now lives in London and is a self-proclaimed data geek with a particular interest in the intersection of technology, data and privacy. She was shortlisted for the Privacy Award for Achievement in PICCASO’s Privacy Awards 2022, an award which recognises those who have been around the block and back and who have contributed greatly to the privacy industry for more than 25 years. Client feedback in the most recent Legal500 directory pays testament to the breath and depth of her knowledge and experience.

Morgane Conaty

Morgane Conaty BL

Morgane Conaty is a practising barrister and a member of the Law Library. She was formerly a Legal Researcher at the Chief State Solicitor’s Office and previously worked as a Judicial Assistant to a High Court judge in Ireland and in the Legal Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs. Prior to this she studied Law and French at University College Cork and completed an LL.M at University College London.

Morgane leads PDP's popular Data Protection in the Workplace training course on an in-person and virtual basis.

Moya Lovella

Moya Novella
Counsel (Data Privacy)
Moya Novella is Data Privacy Counsel at IBM, where she advises on the organisation’s policy and advocacy strategy for emerging global privacy and AI legislations and regulations. She leads cross-functional efforts for keeping apprised of, analysing, and preparing commentary on proposed legislative initiatives. Moya has also served as IBM’s privacy law lead for M&A and divestiture initiatives and advised on compliance with global privacy laws for IBM’s business-to-business transactions. She also serves as Adjunct Professor of Privacy Law at Seton Hall University and Albany Law Schools.

Prior to IBM and her adjunct professorships, Moya was Senior Compliance Attorney and Compliance Manager at Henry Schein, Inc. (HSI), a Fortune 500 multinational health products distributor, where she led regulatory compliance and due diligence for global acquisitions. She also led implementation of the organization's EU GDPR and global privacy compliance program and advised on compliance with other industry specific laws and regulations.

A native of Jamaica, West Indies, Moya pays it forward by volunteering with Pro Bono Partnership to provide U.S. citizenship legal services. In recognition of contribution to her community and the legal profession, in 2020 Moya was honored by the Long Island, New York Business News with the “Leadership in Law” and “Executive Circle” awards.

Paul Lavery

Paul Lavery
McCann Fitzgerald
Paul Lavery is a Partner and the Head of the Technology and Innovation Group in McCann FitzGerald. Paul is a specialist adviser on a data protection, information technology, intellectual property, e-commerce, confidentiality and freedom of information issues.

Paul is a leading expert on data protection and advises a large number of private sector entities and public bodies on their data protection obligations under existing and prospective data protection law, including advising on subject access requests, data security incidents, marketing obligations and consents, record retention matters, data protection notices, policies and privacy statements, data controller and data processor registrations as well as solutions to facilitate the transfer of data outside the EEA.

Paul is heavily involved in advising a number of private sector and public sector clients on their obligations under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR),  including carrying out data protection assessments and audits and completing data inventories in order to advise clients on what changes to processing activities, data protection notices and agreements etc to ensure compliance with GDPR.

Paul is a Member of the Examination Board for the Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection and also leads PDP's highly acclaimed Handling Access Requests training course (on an in-person and virtual basis).

Rosaleen Byrne

Rosaleen Byrne
McCann FitzGerald
Rosaleen Byrne is a Partner at McCann FitzGerald and has 25 years’ experience handling complex and large scale commercial disputes across a range of sectors, specifically financial services, communications, pharmaceutical, aviation and pensions. Rosaleen has considerable experience of handling data protection and privacy disputes and anti-trust cases including state aid litigation and follow on damages actions. Rosaleen has litigated on behalf of clients in a wide range of different fora, primarily in the Commercial and Competition Divisions of the High Court of Ireland and before specialist tribunals.

Ruth Hughes

Ruth Hughes
Senior Associate
McCann FitzGerald

Ruth Hughes is a Senior Associate in the Technology & Innovation Group. She has significant experience advising clients in the private and public sector on a wide range of commercial contract, IT outsourcing, intellectual property, data protection and freedom of information matters and also provides specialist advice in advertising.


 Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection (PC.dp.)



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Conference Testimonials


"Excellent day! The presentations provided practical advice that will be useful in my day to day job."
Jason Palmer
AXA Life Europe Ltd


"Particularly useful was the guidance on formulation and structure of data protection policies."
Dan McDonnell
Co Carlow VEC


"Extremely helpful and well organised"
Jim O’Connell
Douglas Credit Union


"Each presentation had something important to reflect on"
Marie Cussen

"Content was excellent"
Philip Higgins
ESB Energy Solutions


"Very informative and enjoyable. The handouts are very good"
Stephen Nolan


"Excellent presentations"
Paul Dawson
Dublin City Council


"Good to hear about the new developments. Very passionate speakers"
Ann Smith
Chartered Accountants Ireland


"The presenters were very interesting."
Muriel Koyce
Sunbeam House Services


"I found the Conference to touch all the relevant areas for practitioners and something that I have no doubt will be utilised within my organisation"
Lynne Martin
Eirecom Limited


"Great mix of topics/issues relating to data protection."
Tony Hughes
Waterford Credit Union


"Good tips on outsourcing. The lessons learned from breaches was very useful."
Bernadette Ryan
Bord Gais Eireann


"Speakers were very knowledgeable and articulate"
Philip Higgins
ESB Electric


"It was well put together. Good speakers, content and venue. First class. Thank you."
Danny O’Donoghue
Bishopstown Credit Union

“Excellent conference… really interesting. You covered a multitude of topics which has given me a food for thought!”
Louise Colgen
Central Bank of Ireland


"Very useful and informative"
Cathal McDermott


"Great event. All speakers and presentations were compelling and relevant"
Brian Short
Irish Continental Group plc


"Informative as usual"
Helen Sheehan
Euromedic Diagnostics Ltd


"The theory and practical advice given were highly welcomed"
Ann Smith
Chartered Accountants Ireland


"The presenters were very interesting."
Judith Fanning


"The practicality of the subjects was brilliant. A real feeling of having learned something to take away and think about"
Nicola Flannery
Paddy Power Plc


"Every subject was relevant and current"
Veronica O’Brien
Irish Water


"A very useful conference for all DP Practitioners and a great opportunity to share experiences with other practitioners in the field"
Catriona O’Sullivan
University College Cork


"This year, I was very happy with all the presentations. Thank you for organising it"
Irina Sharapova
Kerry Group Plc


"I found the conference not only to be practical, but enjoyable which was down to the standard and quality of the presenters"
Martina McKenna
Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board