Sandra has been involved in privacy for 20 years and is currently the Principal Privacy Advisor at the Ministry of Social Development in New Zealand. This Ministry touches the lives of almost all New Zealanders and as such, holds a significant amount of personal data about them.
She began her privacy career at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner in New Zealand before travelling to the UK and working with a boutique data protection consultancy as a consultant and trainer. After which, she managed privacy, globally, for a large multinational company and while there, ran the Binding Corporate Rules approval and implementation programme.
Since then, Sandra has worked with a number of private and public sector organisations in New Zealand writing strategy and policy; implementing privacy programmes; providing privacy training sessions and advice; and undertaking Privacy Impact Assessments. She has a particular focus on education and awareness initiatives and is highly operational in her approach to privacy matters.
She has an LLB with a strong human rights and privacy element as well as holding the ISEB Certificate in Data Protection. She is a member of the IAPP ANZ (Australia-New Zealand) sub-committee.