We have walked in your shoes. We are a unique organisation in this respect. We are data scientists, solicitors, lecturers, researchers, marketers, enterprise operations experts, academics and barristers. We combine these individual skills with our collective knowledge and qualifications in Data Privacy, Information Governance and Information Quality Management to help you define ways of working with data that work in the real world.

Our Core Team

Our Team - Your Trusted Advisors

Daragh O Brien

Managing Director

Daragh is the Founder and Managing Director of Castlebridge and a Twitter addict. He also has an amusing story as to why his surname has no apostrophe. He has a degree in Business & Legal Studies from University College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society. Prior to founding Castlebridge, Daragh worked for over a decade for a leading Irish telecommunications company in roles as diverse as Call Centre operations, Single View of Customer Programme management, and Regulatory Compliance and Governance. He a regular presenter and trainer at conferences worldwide and is much sought-after by Irish media for his expertise in data law, regulatory affairs and information ethics.

Apart from his consulting and education work, Daragh is a faculty member at the Law Society of Ireland, an advisor the Digital Rights Ireland and a contributing research partner to the Adapt Centre in Trinity College Dublin. Daragh is an active contributor to the Innovation Value Institute’s IT-CMF framework and the IEEE Standard for Privacy Impact Assessments. Most recently, Daragh was the Data Protection Officer for the Presidential campaign of the sitting President, Michael D. Higgins.

He is also a featured columnist with The Data Administration Newsletter (TDAN.com) and is in constant demand from national and international media for his thoughts and commentary on data-related issues. In 2016, he was ranked by Onalytica as the 24th most influential person on Twitter in Information Security (including Data Governance and Data Privacy).

Daragh can be contacted at daragh@castlebridge.ie

Dr Katherine O'Keefe

Director of Education & Research

Katherine is a San Diegan living in Ireland and lives on green tea. She holds a PhD in Anglo-Irish literature. She joined Castlebridge in 2013 after a career in tutoring and lecturing in University College Dublin and Dublin City University. Since then she has developed a reputation nationally and internationally as an expert in data privacy and information ethics. She works with clients in Ireland and elsewhere in sectors as diverse as public-sector and not-for-profit organisations.

In addition to her role as Director of Training and Managing Consultant with Castlebridge, Katherine lectures on information ethics and data privacy practice at the Law Society of Ireland Diploma Centre. In 2016, she was the runner-up in the Information and Records Management Society’s Alison North Award for New Professionals. In 2017, she was awarded ``Best Newcomer`` by DAMA (the Data Management Association) International for her contributions to the development of the CDMP certification. Subsequently, Katherine has served on the Board of DAMA International.

Katherine can be contacted at katherine@castlebridge.ie

Peter Davey

Director of Operations

A Belfast native, Peter is an experienced strategy consultant and IT programme manager with experience in data analytics, strategic consulting, and change management.

Prior to joining Castlebridge, Peter worked extensively in senior management positions in global consulting firms in London and Singapore and as an advisor to leading Regulatory Technology and MetaData software start-ups in Dublin. In addition he has been privileged to be a visiting lecturer in project management and business at National University of Singapore, University of London and the Hungarian Defence University.

He is a graduate of the Law Society of Ireland’s Certificate in Data Protection Law and Practice, a member of ISACA and APM and holds an MBA from Cass Business School. Peter is our Commercial Operations Principal Consultant responsible for the continued successful growth and development of Castlebridge. He keeps a secret stash of Crunchies in his desk which is not very secret.

Peter can be contacted at peter.davey@castlebridge.ie

Eoin Cannon

Data Protection Consultant

Eoin, Barrister-at-Law, holds Bachelor of Arts UCD, an Hons Advanced Diploma Employment Law and the Kings Inns Certificate Data Protection, Law Society. An accomplished legal researcher and advocate, with experience in the public and private sector. Eoin has a questionable taste in jumpers and eats an unnerving amount of apples.

Eoin can be contacted at eoin.cannon@castlebridge.ie

Castlebridge Emeritus Advisors

Our Network - Their Insights - Your Organisation

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Michelle Dennedy

Emeritus Advisor

Michelle Dennedy is a pioneer in the Data Protection and Data Privacy space. She was Chief Governance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer at Sun Microsystems, and was the Chief Privacy Officer at both McAfee and Cisco Systems. Michelle is also the co-author of ``The Privacy Engineers Manifesto`` and has served as a board member of the IAPP.
She acts as an advisor to data-centric startups in Silicon Valley and is a member of Castlebridge's Emeritus Advisor Network, assisting organisations with hard won insights on the value of data protection and data governance and pragmatic advice on how to bake good practices into business models and leadership culture.
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John Ladley

Emeritus Advisor

John Ladley is a highly experienced advisor and advocate for organizations looking for sustainable value from information and data. His experience and knowledge is balanced between treating data as an essential component of modern business and economies, and the practical solution of business problems.

John’s books are the authoritative sources for Data and Information Management and Data Governance. He is a recognized authority and speaker on enterprise information management; including data monetization, information and data architectures, data governance, MDM, data quality, BI and Analytics, data warehouse and knowledge management. John has extensive experience across many industries and is currently examining the role of the Chief Data Officer and assisting several organizations with data strategies and data governance.

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