Frances O’Hara

Senior Data Protection Consultant

Frances is a qualified lawyer with over 10 years of experience working in data protection and privacy law. Having trained in a commercial law firm in Dublin, Frances specialises in advising companies on the implementation of the GDPR. She has worked with clients across the financial services sector, the public sector and the pharmaceutical industry. 

Frances has broad experience of applying data protection and privacy laws to various sector specific scenarios, and working with multi-disciplinary teams to find business solutions that fit the risk appetite of the client. 

Frances is a strong communicator and excels in explaining complex legal requirements  to a non-legal audience.

Professional Experience

Privacy Manager

Chartered Accountants Ireland | 2020-2024

  • Advising on the data protection and privacy requirements of delivering online education and e-Assessment in compliance with the GDPR


Manager, Risk Advisory

EY | 2018-2019

  • Working with clients in the life sciences sector and providing advice on the interaction between the Clinical Trials Regulation and the GDPR


Vice President, GDPR SME Lead

Deutsche Bank | 2017

  • Conducting Data Protection impact Assessments for specialist teams in Data Hive in the Dublin office
  • Providing training for senior management teams


Qualifications & Education


  • Masters in Management | UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School | 2009
  • Certificate in Commercial Contracts | Law Society of Ireland | 2020
  • Diploma in Technology and IP Law | Law Society of Ireland | 2019


Certificates and awards

  • IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/E)


Skills and expertise

  • Helping business professionals to achieve their business goals, whilst complying with GDPR and other legal requirements
  • Conducting GDPR internal audits
  • Managing correspondence with relevant supervisory authorities including any complaints and potential personal data breaches
  • Advising on the data protection requirements in contract negotiations, liaising with legal advisors where appropriate

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