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Daragh O Brien

Managing Director / Executive Consultant

Daragh is the Founder and Managing Director of Castlebridge and a reformed Twitter addict (he’s hooked on Mastodon now). He also has an amusing story as to why his surname has no apostrophe.

He has been a pioneer in the field of information management for over two decades, and has worked with a number of professional bodies in the sector, including IAIDQ/IQ International and DAMA International.

In 2008 Daragh was recognised as a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society for his contributions in the fields of Data Quality and Data Governance. In 2019 he was recognised by the All-Ireland Business Foundation as a Thought Leader in Governance, Strategy, and Ethics for Information. In 2022, the Innovation Value Institute in NUI Maynooth recognised him for his contributions to Innovation in Data Governance over almost a quarter of a century.

He is also a contributing member to the Leaders’ Data Group, an independent think-tank of industry professionals working to develop better practices in data management and data literacy from a practical, pragmatic, and technology independent perspective.

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, lecturer in the Sutherland School of Law in UCD, a guest lecturer in the Smurfit Graduate School of Business in UCD, and a contributing research partner to the Adapt Centre in Trinity College Dublin. He is an active contributor to the Innovation Value Institute’s IT-CMF framework, and is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council to the School of Business in NUI Maynooth.

He has also contributed to various IEE/ISO standards in data management and is a featured columnist with The Data Administration Newsletter ( Daragh is regular commentator in national and international media on data-related issues.

He posts in a personal capacity on Mastodon as @CastlebridgeChief.

His old Twitter Profile can be found here: (no longer active)

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