Giles Watkins

Giles Watkins

CEO, Giles Watkins

Giles is the UK Country Leader for the International Association of Privacy Professionals, where he provides strategic advice on positioning the brand and developing business and member services in the UK market.

Giles has Board positions with several technology startups in the UK, USA and the Cayman Islands focused on innovative security, privacy and identity technologies and digital banking and financial services.

Giles is a founding Board member of the Distributed Ledger Foundation, which is building independent Trust Frameworks to allow business and governments to engage with Distributed Ledger Technology. He also sits on the International Standards Organisation Technical Committee for Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies.

Giles has previously been a Partner at both KPMG and EY. At KMPG he led the Global Privacy and the UK Identity and Access Management practices and Cyber Security services to major accounts. Whilst at Ernst & Young he sat on the Board of the UK Technology Risk practice, founded and led the global Technology Due Diligence and Post-deal services practice as well as founding the UK Privacy practice.

In-between these roles, Giles founded the boutique advisory firm, Concentium, which was subsequently acquired by KPMG.