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About Pro DPO

ProDPO™ is a team of experienced data professionals led by James Castro-Edwards and Mick Gorrill. We assist businesses with their increased responsibilities under the GDPR. Having a data protection officer is the cornerstone of good practice for companies and ProDPO™ provides DPO services on an outsourced basis, taking the burden away, and enabling you to focus on running your business.

Meet the team

James Castro-Edwards 

Email: jamescastro-edwards@prodpo.com

James Castro-Edwards is a solicitor specialising in data protection. He advises domestic and multinational organisations, including FTSE 100 and Fortune 100 companies, on a broad range of data protection issues. As well as providing legal advice, James has developed and delivered innovative data protection training programmes, including a data protection officer training program that was accredited by a European government and regularly provides data protection content for The Law Society. James frequently speaks on data protection matters and is widely published, regularly appearing in the national and trade press. He is regularly asked for comment in the media, including TV and radio.

James Castro-Edwards wrote The Law Society text book on the GDPR. Titled “EU General Data Protection Regulation: A Guide To The New Law”, you can find out more here.

Mick Gorrill
(Head of Data Protection Compliance and Regulatory Affairs)

Email: mickgorrill@prodpo.com

Mick Gorrill retired from the Greater Manchester Police in May 2004 after thirty years’ service. He became the Head of Investigations at the Information Commissioners Office. He was responsible for the investigation of all criminal offences in the Data Protection Act 1998. In 2005, following a restructure of the ICO, he was promoted to Assistant Information Commissioner, Head of the Regulatory Action Division. He was responsible for Audit, Investigations and Enforcement. In 2010 he became Head of Enforcement at the ICO and was involved in the issuance of the first monetary penalties. At the ICO he led many investigations into serious data protection security breaches and complicated data protection compliance cases. Since retiring from the ICO in 2011, Mick has been employed by three London privacy law firms as a data protection consultant.

With the adoption of the GDPR in 2018 the EU is raising the bar in how it protects the interests, rights and data security of individuals. The GDPR will replace the Data Protection Act 1988 with effect from 25th May 2018.