Meet the Team

Our team is made up of lawyers, barristers, and IT and information security experts, who all have backgrounds in cyber/information security and data protection (privacy). Our collective experience and skillset is similar to that of a data protection officer or chief privacy officer, data privacy manager or data privacy lawyer, which enables us to assist clients in a way far better than a single person could. 

 

Ryan Mackie

Managing Executive


Ryan is a qualified intellectual property, commercial, data protection, information and cyber security lawyer, legal engineer, consultant GDPR practitioner, consultant data protection officer (DPO), and a subject matter expert (SME) in these fields. He has a number of years’ experience as a data protection SME and DPO for several multinational companies.

Ryan is a qualified intellectual property, commercial, data protection, information and cyber security lawyer, legal engineer, consultant GDPR practitioner, consultant data protection officer (DPO), and a subject matter expert (SME) in these fields. He has a number of years’ experience as a data protection SME and DPO for several multinational companies.


Our DPOs

John Potts

Head of DPO, DSAR and Breach Support, Incident Response Management and Data Subject Rights


John is a data protection professional with a wealth of privacy experience gained in the law enforcement sector and across central government both as a data protection officer and departmental security officer. He brings this extensive knowledge to the private sector to lead the team dealing with data breaches and data subject access requests.

John is a data protection professional with a wealth of privacy experience gained in the law enforcement sector and across central government both as a data protection officer and departmental security officer. He brings this extensive knowledge to the private sector to lead the team dealing with data breaches and data subject access requests.

Ada

DPO Consultant


A skilled strategist, and policy, communications and project management professional, Ada is also a data protection expert, having specialised in this sector. She joined GRCI Law from an in-house legal and private practice background. 

Ada worked at the European Commission as a case handler investigating anti-competitive agreements and abuses of a dominant position in the EC telecommunications and postal sectors. She analysed notifications as part of the Telecoms Task Force in relation to the Article 7 Framework Directive consultation mechanism consulting with Unit A, DG CONNECT and national competition authorities. Ada advised on telecommunications law and policy, managed requests for information from various European telecommunications regulators and helped prepare statements of objections and submissions to the European Court of Justice.

Clare

DPO Consultant


Clare is a lawyer and compliance professional with extensive experience in providing legal and regulatory advice across various disciplines, including data protection/information governance, and covering a wide number of jurisdictions globally. She has more than 20 years’ experience working in both in-house and consultancy roles. Her strengths lie in analysing complex legislation and delivering clear, commercially-minded and practical guidance to business stakeholders at all levels in respect of operational compliance. 

Catherine has worked for more than 20 years in finance and banking, commercial property and the legal sector in Europe and Latin America. 

Sian

DPO Consultant


A professional and versatile specialist with a wealth of experience in the legal sector, GRC management and global privacy.

Sian joined GRCI Law after being an international legal manager for more than ten years and more recently setting up and managing an in-house compliance team. 

After obtaining her honours degree in law, Clare worked in private practice for a short time before joining the legal department of a major global financial services group where she worked for 13 years. 

Apart from advising on banking law, data protection, marketing, intellectual property, general contract law and signing off financial promotions, Clare drafted a wide range of documentation, both helping to ensure legal and regulatory compliance and helping those instructing her to maintain competitive resilience. For the last nine years she has provided consultancy services to financial services groups, covering a wide number of jurisdictions globally.  

Loredana

DPO Consultant


Loredana is a certified GDPR consultant and trainer with more than ten years’ experience in the fields of privacy rights and data protection in both the private and public sectors. 

A qualified attorney at law in France and Italy and a specialist in international and European law, she has worked at the European Court of Human Rights, at the Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs of the Council of Europe, and for international law firms based in the EU.

Loredana has also worked as an associate lecturer at the universities of Manchester, Salford and Strasbourg. She has studied law in France and Italy and completed a PhD in data protection. 

Loredana is a dynamic, independent and proactive person, committed to quality and compliance. She is willing to support businesses and institutions in their journey to compliance while ensuring better protection of individuals’ personal data and rights to privacy. 

  • PhD in Data Protection
  • EU-qualified lawyer (Bar exams passed in France and Italy)
  • Specialisation in EU and international law/data protection
  • Master’s in EU and International Law 
  • Bachelor of Laws (Laurea in Giurisprudenza) 
  • IBITGQ EU General Data Protection Regulation Foundation (EU GDPR F) 
  • IBITGQ EU General Data Protection Regulation Practitioner (EU GDPR P) 

As an in-house advisor, Sian has an excellent working knowledge of the challenges and constraints placed upon certain business functions. She prides herself on her ability to be empathetic while ensuring requirements are met and being accountable to trustees/shareholders, C-Suite and the board. 

Sian has gained experience in data protection and other regulatory matters throughout her professional career, as well as through voluntary roles that she has taken on to enhance her knowledge. This has enabled her to be actively involved in and promote the biggest shake-up in data protection legislation for more than 20 years – the GDPR.


Our Breach & DSAR Support Team 

Helen Pettit

Breach & DSAR Support Consultant


Helen worked for a statute enforcement service for 19 years providing business and consumer advice, including regular consumer phone-ins on BBC radio. She has also worked for two leading construction trade federations, providing advice/guidance to businesses and dealing with key industry stakeholders and regulatory bodies. As Head of Standards and Practice, Helen managed after the dispute resolution team for trade federation members and their clients, ensuring members complied with a code of practice and membership rules. 

Helen worked for a statute enforcement service for 19 years providing business and consumer advice, including regular consumer phone-ins on BBC radio. She has also worked for two leading construction trade federations, providing advice/guidance to businesses and dealing with key industry stakeholders and regulatory bodies. As Head of Standards and Practice, Helen managed after the dispute resolution team for trade federation members and their clients, ensuring members complied with a code of practice and membership rules. 


Our Legal Team

Natalie Whitney

Head of Legal


Natalie is a practical, solution-orientated qualified commercial, contracts and data protection lawyer with a strong focus on business risk management. She has worked in commercial law (including data protection and compliance) for more than 20 years and has worked for UK councils, UK government departments and several multinational organisations.

Sofia has experience advising clients on the GDPR and data protection both within the UK and overseas.

She has been involved in multivariate legal projects, developing long-lasting professional relationships with clients in order to understand their ongoing requirements and identify how to best support them.

Sofia has practised in various areas of law, including commercial litigation, commercial contracts, intellectual property, immigration, criminal and private client law.


Our Data Privacy Management (DPM) Team

Rachel McKinney

Head of DPM


Rachel, is a barrister turned DPO Consultant. She has a vast experience in advising and guiding commercial clients on data protection matters and compliance with GDPR.  Most recently, she was the lead lawyer advising and guiding a global financial services company on its road map to GDPR compliance. In view of her legal background Rachel has vast experience advising on data sharing arrangements, managing and responding to requests made by data subjects, disputes and commercial contracts. 

Sofia has experience advising clients on the GDPR and data protection both within the UK and overseas.

She has been involved in multivariate legal projects, developing long-lasting professional relationships with clients in order to understand their ongoing requirements and identify how to best support them.

Sofia has practised in various areas of law, including commercial litigation, commercial contracts, intellectual property, immigration, criminal and private client law.


Our Business Development Team

Christina Maclean

Head of Business Development


Christina is a business development specialist with a track record of driving growth through evidence-based strategy and exceptional client service. A non-practicing solicitor with a background in marketing, communications and broadcast news and sport, she has worked for a number of Top 50 law firms across domestic and international markets. She has worked for Gowling WLG, TLT, Browne Jacobson, the BBC and ITV News Central as well as serving as a non-executive director for an NHS Trust.

Sofia has experience advising clients on the GDPR and data protection both within the UK and overseas.

She has been involved in multivariate legal projects, developing long-lasting professional relationships with clients in order to understand their ongoing requirements and identify how to best support them.

Sofia has practised in various areas of law, including commercial litigation, commercial contracts, intellectual property, immigration, criminal and private client law.

 
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