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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Data Governance Interview with James Shaw

James Shaw is a Data Governance, Protection and Management professional with experience in managing data risks and assisting data transformations. He is the Data Risk Lead at esure Group. How long have you been working in Data Governance? I started work in Data Governance specially about 4/5 years ago, but have broader Data Management experience […]


How do you manage data ownership on a big data platform?

In this blog we’re going to be looking at how to manage data ownership on a big data platform. Now, this question was asked to me on LinkedIn a while back, and it was a really good question in response to a debate I’d been participating in about my very strong belief that data should […]


Data Governance Interview with Emma McLeod

Emma McLeod is a Global Data Governance Controller at Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG). She is fairly new to this role, however, has been with WMFTG for nearly 6 years. Emma began as a Customer Service Representative within the UK Sales team then progressed to her most recent position as UK Sales Support Manager. WMFTG […]


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 […]


The tale of Dick Whittington and the missing data

2020 has been an odd year to say the least, and as we approach the festive season it’s hard not to think about all the things we’ll miss out on this Christmas. One of those things being the traditional British pantomime. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, a pantomime is […]

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