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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Where Can I Find a Standard Data Governance Framework?

I’ve been asked many times over the years, ‘Where can I find a standard data governance framework?’ and, as with a lot of Data Governance questions, my answer is always the same… I don’t even know whether one exists. I have never looked into it because I know from my many years of experience in […]


Data Governance an Interview with Jason Hare

In this interview Jason Hare kindly shares his Data Governance experience. Jason is a former archaeologist and open data practitioner. He has been working in IT since the later 90’s. His interest in data governance stems from his time managing municipal open data programs in North Carolina. How long have you been working in Data […]


Data Governance Interview with Lara Gureje

Lara Gureje (pronounced ‘gurej’) is the Founder & CEO of DatOculi LLC, a Data Governance & Stewardship Consultancy, Coaching & Training firm with its headquarters based in San Francisco. Lara is a renowned Data Governance & Stewardship Advocate with passion for the heavily regulated industry. She is a seasoned Data Management veteran with over 20 years […]


Do I Really Need a Data Governance Policy?

It’s very rare that I’m able to give such a definite answer to a Data Governance question, more often than not my answer is usually ‘it depends’. Because so many aspects of Data Governance are nuanced and depend very much on your organisation’s objectives and what you hope to get out of implementing Data Governance. […]


How Often Should You Revisit Your Data Governance Maturity Assessments?

In my experience so many people seriously underestimate the speed at which they’re able to implement data governance – so, when a client asked me how often he should revisit his Data Governance Maturity Assessment I thought ‘that is such a good question, I’m going to write a blog about it’. And here we are. First things […]

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