8 Duncannon Street, London WC2N 4JF
+44 (0)207 368 3104

The Team

Matthew Lamb

Matthew Lamb

Managing Director

Matthew Lamb has developed an expertise in data protection and data security, with a particular speciality on the GDPR. He was one of the first people to graduate from the Henley Business School GDPR Transition Programme and now leads The Data Guardians as Managing Director.

Matthew is an experienced senior manager who has directed companies in Europe and Africa over many years. For most of the last 15 years he has been a Managing Director in the security risk management sector, advising companies on how to assess and mitigate their commercial, security and political risks when operating in new and potentially high-risk countries.

Matthew’s senior management experience means that he knows full well the difficulties of ensuring corporate compliance with a variety of regulations and therefore is able to properly advise companies on practical measures to ensure compliance with data protection laws.

E: matthew.lamb@thedataguardians.co.uk

M: 07980 815 761

Stuart Gilbert

Stuart Gilbert

Commercial Director

Stuart has worked in the Security Industry for nearly 30 years, starting off as an Intelligence Officer in the British Army, serving around the world including the first Gulf War in 1991. He has worked for a wide range of global companies and has been lucky enough to live and work in Australia, Africa and the USA. Stuart has an extensive background in Intelligent Buildings Solutions, including CCTV, Access Control as well as Fire and Physical Security. Large Projects and Critical Infrastructure Projects have been his forte for the last 15 years, having been Bid Manager for some of the biggest projects for both Siemens and Honeywell including London 2012 Technical Security. He has been a successful Business Leader for Siemens and Honeywell both at Divisional and Business Unit level and for Assa Abloy Hospitality at Global level.

E: stuart.gilbert@thedataguardians.co.uk

M: 07584 200 941

Sophia Groom

Sophia Groom

Programme Director

Sophia’s experience lies in government relations and complex political lobbying projects. She brings this experience to us by closely monitoring data protection policy developments and the implications of Brexit to ensure we give our clients the most up to date advice possible.

Sophia also coordinates between our subject matter experts to ensure the right resources are deployed to meet clients’ needs.

E: sophia.groom@thedataguardians.co.uk

T: 020 7368 3104


Ash Patil

Ash Patil

Sales Executive

Ash has worked in the Information Technology business vertical for the last 40+ years – over 10 years working with Xerox in Logistics, Distribution, Inventory Control and Customer Administration and 20 years’ experience working with Digital, Compaq, Hewlett Packard, Vodafone and T-Systems in large scale Programme Management, Business Intelligence and Decision Support and IT solution sales in pharmaceutical, automotive, media and publishing business segments.

He also has an in-depth background into and a demonstrable track-record of success in designing, developing and implementing large scale programmes.

Ash also works in voluntary capacity as a governor for over 5 years in a primary and a secondary school where, in both places, he is the chair. This has given him an insight into the working of schools and good governance.

Ash continues to work as a sales consultant developing and implementing large scale business solutions for enterprise customers involving technology, data and communications.


Lorraine Hopkins

Sales Executive

Lorraine has thirty years of experience working in Information Technology with in depth knowledge of businesses across private and public sectors, including working with such clients as Barclays, Lloyds TSB, Kingfisher, Whitbread, Orange Business Services and many others.

Lorraine has worked consultatively with all her clients in areas such as Security, Business Contingency, SaaS/Cloud solutions, Epos, Desktop Services, Professional Services, Business Intelligence, Managed Services, and Data Communication solutions.

During her career she has worked for prestigious organisations, including Digital Equipment Company, Hewlett-Packard, Fujitsu, Nortel Networks, and most recently Oracle. Her experience runs the gamut of delivering large and complex projects, solutions, and consultancy.

Outside of her professional life, Lorraine enjoys spending time with her family, and new granddaughter. She also has completed many walks and treks for such charities as The Teenage Cancer Trust, Shooting Star Chase, The Moon Walk, The Pink Ribbon Walk, and others.