Denise R.

Head of Policy & Compliance at Element

Denise R. has extensive work experience in various roles related to policy, compliance, and data protection. Denise is currently working at Element as the Head of Policy and Compliance since February 2023. Prior to this role, they worked at Element as a Policy & Regulation Manager from November 2021 to February 2023 and as a Data Protection Officer from May 2020 to February 2022.

Before joining Element, Denise served as a Data Protection Officer at Matrix.org from May 2020 onwards. Denise also worked at UCL as a PGTA from October 2021 to April 2022.

Their previous experiences include working at Kin + Carta as a Senior Data Protection Officer from August 2019 to April 2020 and as a Data Protection Officer from January 2018 to August 2019. Denise also worked at Bristol Water plc as a Data and Information Manager from August 2017 to December 2017 and as an Asset Strategy Co-Ordinator from February 2017 to August 2017.

Furthermore, Denise has experience as a Data Support Officer at SafeLives from August 2016 to January 2017 and as a Data Officer at Talking Money from November 2015 to August 2016. Denise also worked as a Research Associate on a freelance basis from May 2014 to August 2015.

Their earlier roles include working as a Research Assistant at CHAM - Centre for the Humanities from June 2011 to July 2015 and as an Archival Intern at Estagiar L (Azorean Government Graduate Scheme) from October 2012 to May 2013. Overall, Denise R. has a diverse background in policy, compliance, and data protection roles across different organizations.

Denise R. began their education journey in 2009, obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in History from Universidade dos Açores. Denise then pursued a Postgraduate Diploma in Atlantic and Islander History from the University of the Azores in 2012-2013. In 2016-2017, Denise attended Northumbria University and completed a PGDip in Information Science (Data Analytics). Denise furthered their education at UCL from 2018 to 2024, pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Information Science/Studies.

In addition to their formal education, Denise R. has obtained various certifications. Denise became a Certified Incident Response Manager F from IBITGQ in 2019. In 2016, they obtained certifications in Advice Pro: productivity management and reporting from AdviceUK and Microsoft Excel Advanced from Activia Training Ltd. Denise also completed courses in Data Science, Excel to MySQL: Analytics Techniques for Business, and Addressing Data Protection from Coursera, as well as Intro to Financial Capability from Talking Money in 2015.


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  • Head of Policy & Compliance

    February, 2023 - present

  • Policy & Regulation Manager

    November, 2021

  • Data Protection Officer

    May, 2020

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