Nicola Askham

About Nicola

Nicola is the leading data governance training provider in the UK. She holds a unique level of experience in the Data Governance field, and has experience in training, coaching and working with major organisations to help them implement full data governance frameworks.

Key Skills

Nicola has developed a powerful methodology for implementing data governance based on over 16 years of experience and research into best practices. Her methodology breaks down the data governance initiative into logical steps, which ensures that businesses design and implement a data governance framework that is right for them.

Professional Background

Nicola initially worked for a leading UK Bank, and moved into consultancy in 2009. Nicola has worked with clients in a number of different industries including Financial Services, Manufacturing, Defence, Utilities and Retail.

Nicola is a Director and Committee Member of DAMA UK, sits on the Expert Panel of, and regularly writes and presents internationally on data governance best practice.

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What makes a good Data Governance consultant?

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to come up with a list of skills that a good Data Governance consultant needs. Not necessarily an exhaustive list, but a good jumping off platform for anyone thinking about a career in this field. My goal was to keep to a manageable (and achievable) list, but […]


Data Governance Interview with Rob Saundby

I have been working in IT for over twenty years, of which the last ten have been specialising in data management. During this time, I have been lucky enough to have worked across a wide range of industry sectors including banking, insurance, telecoms, media and retail. Because most of my engagements were through a consultancy, […]


Data Literacy: So What?

A few months ago I was approached by Nicola to discuss the topic of Data Literacy as a series of thoughts around how there might be an opportunity to provide some training on the subject; as a result of that discussion Nicola asked me to write this blog to provide some insight. The topic of […]


Do you know what is in a Data Governance Framework?

If you are reading this blog, then there is a very high chance that at some point in the not-too-distant past you have googled the term ‘data governance framework’. Not only that, but you’ve also probably also had a whole myriad of answers come back. Some of which probably make it look really, really complicated. […]

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