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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Why does my company need Data Governance?

If you plan to implement data governance in your organisation, it’s really important to understand why you are doing it. This can often be a long and thankless process, and some might argue it’s not for the faint hearted, so understanding ‘why’ is crucial in order to get the most out of your data governance […]


Data Governance Interview with Karima Makrof

Karima Makrof started off as a consultant focused on Oracle ERP implementations, before moving onto the soft(er) side with diverse roles within data governance, data quality, enterprise architecture, information architecture and other lead roles in Information Management. Karima currently has the role as Information Manager within Swedbank – Large Corporates and Institutions. In her free […]


What is the number one Data Governance mistake?

Nine years ago, I wrote a report detailing what I believe to be some of the biggest mistakes you can make when implementing data governance. However, over the years I’ve come to realise that I actually missed the biggest mistake you can make off of that report. Many years of experience have taught me that […]

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