Caroline Harrison


CSH Consulting

Data Protection Officer providing common sense advice and compliance implementation in the world of Data Protection and GDPR!

A bit about me...

After a lifetime (well it feels like one!) working in the corporate jungle as a boardroom ninja (not my words and I think it was a compliment) 16 years ago I took the leap into the world of self-employment as a business consultant and general 'fixer'.  It was absolutely the right decision, tough, sometimes lonely, especially at some of my works Christmas parties for one, but hugely rewarding none the less.

Fast forward to now and here I am operating a successful outsourced Data Protection Officer consultancy, predominantly within Education in the South West.  Who knew that the world of GDPR and Data Protection could be so interesting?

The world of GDPR compliance is full of scary people, who say scary things about the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) and how they lay in wait outside your door to slap a nice big fine into your hand and destroy your reputation.  Guess what?  That is not what happens when you listen to the right advice and action the basics, that is where I come in.

My approach is one of support, hand holding, a common sense and achievable programme towards compliance.  I build relationships within organisations who are not afraid to share the 'near misses' of a personal data breach or a complicated or vexatious subject access request, they talk to me and we sort it out.  Together we identify the vulnerabilities in their infrastructure and processes so that we can remove those risks across the organisation. 

That is what I love about being a DPO - the chance to support my clients and create a safer, more open environment.  No more scary DPO's please!

A bit more about me

What's the most enjoyable thing about your work?
Being able to provide common sense, easy to implement solutions and processes to complex and potentially damaging data protection issues that genuinely relieve the stress and fear for business owners.

What is your vision for your business?
To become known amongst my clients and colleagues as the best support and guidance they have found in a long time.

If you could give one single piece of advice to a new start up business, what would it be?
Surround yourself with the best people, stay ahead of relevant breaking technology and regulations, and have as much fun as you can, you will need the energy output from that some days.

Which business person or company do you admire most and why?
I am super impressed with Steven Bartlett the entrepreneur and podcaster. He is proof that the start you had in life doesn't matter, or the challenges you have to overcome, if you have the determination and energy to make it in your chosen field, it will happen. His Diary of a CEO podcast is inspirational to me, his questioning technique and down to earth approach works well, and I would recommend that you dive in and give them a listen.

Which one phrase or quote sums up your attitude to business life?
Don't forget why you are doing what you are doing!

What made you join WMB and how do you plan to make the most of the network?
I knew I needed a supportive but challenging space to develop my own offering and meet like-minded people.

What do you do at week-ends?
I surf when I can.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what 2 luxury items would you take?
Surfboard and some surfboard wax!

What was your first ever job?
Delivering magazines on a Saturday morning (back in the day).

Where is your favourite place in the world and why?
Anywhere in the southern hemisphere!


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