Meet HelloDPO’s new team members: Lisa Thorp & Claire Saunders

By Jenai Nissim / 16 Mar 2020

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At HelloDPO, we are delighted to announce that we have two new members joining our fantastic team. Say hello to our new Senior Data Protection Compliance Manager, Lisa Thorp, and Senior Associate, Claire Saunders. We look forward to working with both Lisa and Claire and sharing their extensive expertise and experience with our clients.

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Meet Lisa Thorp

What will your new job title be at HelloDPO?
Senior Data Protection Compliance Manager.

Please tell us a bit about your career background.
For the past ten years I have worked within compliance and regulation for a large medical recruitment agency. I became the full-time DPO in September 2018, where I have developed a data protection programme and supervised data protection compliance for the 21 brands in the group.

Why do you want to work for HelloDPO?
To develop my knowledge in data protection and transfer my skills to new business areas. I have worked with Jenai and Alison in the past and was impressed with their knowledge, professionalism and drive, and I know this is a company I can really learn and develop in.

What are you looking forward to most about your new job?
Developing my knowledge by working with new industries and organisations. Also, working with such a great team.

What industry trends or news has interested you recently?
As the GDPR is new it’s always interesting to see what fines and enforcement have taken place and then look at what lessons can be learnt and implemented.

What do you consider to be your most successful career accomplishment to date?
Passing my PDP Practitioner Certificate in Data Protection.

What’s your star sign?
Libra.

What is your favourite book and why?
I don’t have a favourite. I love reading and every time I finish a book I believe that’s the best one I have ever read.

What are you often found doing on the weekend?
Driving my two children around to all their various clubs and parties. I always go to a Sunday night yoga session and swim to prepare me for the week ahead.

You can invite 3 famous guest round for dinner, who would they be and why?
Harry and Meghan to find out what really happened with the royal family and Andrew Lloyd Webber so he can listen in and turn their story into a musical (with their consent of course).

If you were stuck on a desert island, what 3 items would you need with you?
Nespresso machine with coffee, large quantities of chocolate and my mom.

What is the song always guaranteed to get you on the dance floor?
I’m Still Standing by Elton John.

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Meet Claire Saunders

What will your new job title be at HelloDPO?
Senior Associate.

Please tell us a bit about your career background.
I previously worked as a marine and super yacht lawyer, but on returning to work after my first maternity leave I had the opportunity to get involved in data protection work. It was very different, but I found it really interesting and so decided to pursue it further.

Why do you want to work for HelloDPO?
Having previously worked with Jenai and Alison, when I decided I needed a new challenge, HelloDPO was an obvious choice. I am looking forward to having the opportunity to continue to learn from, and work with, two people who are both great lawyers and good colleagues.

What are you looking forward to most about your new job?
Providing Data Protection Officer services really gives you the opportunity to learn about clients and their businesses on a level you don’t normally get to experience as a private practice lawyer, which is something that I am really looking forward to. It is also great to be coming back to work when GDPR is presenting novel issues and Brexit is being thrown into the mix. In short, there is never a dull moment!

What industry trends or news has interested you recently?
Something touched on at a recent HelloDPO confessional was the potential for individuals to bring actions in relation to breaches of data protection legislation (alongside regulatory fines). With the Supreme Court decision in Lloyd v Google LLC expected shortly, it will be interesting to see whether the Court of Appeal’s finding, making it easier to bring representative actions (or class actions as they are sometimes referred to) will be upheld, and if it is, whether there are other such actions waiting in the wings.

What do you consider to be your most successful career accomplishment to date?
It would probably have to be balancing an interesting and challenging career with family life. No one could claim to achieve it all the time, but it is important to me to maintain a worthwhile and interesting work life alongside managing the chaos that is a baby and a preschooler.

What’s your star sign?
Taurus.

What is your favourite book and why?
Difficult to choose, but I think probably The Glass Palace by Amitav Ghosh. The way he describes characters and places is captivating. It is a book you can really get lost in.

What are you often found doing at the weekend?
I am mostly to be found in my wellies, out for a walk with my husband and our boys followed by lunch at a pub, either that or visiting friends and family around the country.

You can invite 3 famous guest round for dinner, who would they be and why?
I am not much of a cook so I think I would have Raymond Blanc to whip up a simple five course meal, Anna Wintour in the hope she might have a few stories to tell after a glass or two of wine and Alexander Skarsgard for aesthetic reasons.

If you were stuck on a desert island, what 3 items would you need with you?
Assuming the practicalities needed to survive are already covered, I would definitely need either a snorkel and mask or some scuba gear as snorkelling/diving are some of my favourite things to do. Second, on the list would be a library of books and magazines to keep me entertained and last would be a flare gun because I think I would eventually need to get off the island, hopefully prior to the ‘paint a face on a volleyball and give it a name’ stage.

What is the song always guaranteed to get you on the dance floor?
This changes all the time, but I don’t usually take much persuading to get up and dance.

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