Vera holds a recent Master’s degree (Distinction) in Management of Business Information Technology – with a strong focus on data privacy/protection, standards and regulations. (University of Greenwich).
Her studies, combined with over 25 years of experience of working with data in the IT, QA, biometrics, and governance fields have fuelled, a strong interest in the future relationship between data privacy regulations and the advance of emerging technology.
Vera began her career as a mainframe Analyst/Programmer (1980s!) working for financial institutions such as Lloyds of London, Allied Dunbar (Zurich), Eagle Star & RBOS.
She established her biometrics & data experience working in various public sector projects, including UKBA (fingerprint & Iris recognition, e-Passport); IPS (pilot UK ID card project); NPIA - (Police facial-recognition & DNA databases projects)
More recently Vera’s roles as DPO, Onboarding Officer, ISO Co-ordinator, and Data Governance & Compliance Manager have focused on data – its security, management and protection.
Vera also acts as non-exec regulatory advisor to Omnia DeFi a Createlinx Ltd fintech/blockchain start-up.
Favourite past-time - long quiet walks her Labrador.