Privacy Laws & Business Team

By bringing together the right team, Privacy Laws & Business always applies unrivalled data protection expertise to any project it undertakes. Profiles of our highly skilled team are shown below.

Consulting, Training & Auditing
European and International Privacy Officers Networks
PL&B Canada


Stewart Dresner

Chief Executive

Stewart has written and researched extensively on data protection/privacy and freedom of information since 1976, when he initiated a research project on this subject at the UK Consumers' Association. He started publishing Privacy Laws & Business Newsletter in 1987, and its related international data protection information service has now grown to include consulting, conferences, research, in-house presentations and documentation. He was a founder and first Chairman of the UK's Data Protection Forum. Stewart has spoken at data protection/privacy conferences in Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Israel, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the USA.

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K'an Thomas

General Manager

Overall strategic management of all Privacy Laws & Business data protection services including: recruitment service; consulting; training; auditing; publications and events.

Responsible for effective planning, delegating, coordinating, staffing, organising, and decision making across all areas of business operations.

K’an joined Privacy Laws & Business in May 2017. His background in customer service, operations, events, marketing and communication strategies have given him the tools to offer relevant and value added solutions for any organisations data protection and privacy programs.

He graduated in 2001 from Lincolnshire and Humberside University with a BSc Hons in Business and Information Technology. K’an has several years’ management and coordination experience with previous companies including World Challenge and has also spent time teaching English in Japan.

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Laura Linkomies


Laura Linkomies is Editor of Privacy Laws & Business International and UK Reports, and PL&B enews service. Laura oversees the whole editorial process from researching, commissioning and managing freelancers to writing about a wide range of legislative and management issues within privacy, data protection and freedom of information. She also assists in conference planning and public relations, and provides secretariat services for the PL&B European Privacy Officers’ Network.

Laura first joined Privacy Laws & Business as Associate Editor in 1997. In addition to editing the International Report, she produced a series of Compliance Guides on the UK Data Protection Act, and launched the UK Report before taking a career break in 2001-2002.

Before joining Privacy Laws & Business, she worked at the UK Information Commissioner's Office as a European Secretariat Officer facilitating co-operation with European Union national Data Protection Commissioners. Laura has also worked as freelance business content writer for Sweet & Maxwell, and written for several publications in Finland.

Laura holds a Masters degree in Political Science and Journalism from University of Tampere, Finland, and Advanced Certificate in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She is fluent in English and Finnish, and has a good working knowledge of Swedish, Italian and German.

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Graham Greenleaf

Asia-Pacific Editor

Professor Graham Greenleaf AM is Asia-Pacific Editor of PL&B’s International Report (since 2007), a regular contributor to it, and a speaker at PL&B's International Conference in Cambridge in 1991, 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2015. He has provided periodic full day or half day Seminars for PPL&B on Asian Data Privacy Laws since 2007.

Graham is a research Professor of Law & Information Systems at UNSW Australia. He is Senior Researcher  and Founding Co-Director of the Australasian Legal information Institute (AustLII).  In 2010 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contributions to both free access to legal information and privacy protection.  Since the 1970s his involvement in privacy policy and research has involved Australian DPAs (as an official and as consultant), the Australian Privacy Foundation (as a co-founder and Board Member 1987-2017), the Asian Privacy Scholars Network (as founder, 2010) and Privacy Law & Policy Reporter (founder and editor 1994-2006). He has provided consultancy advice to the European Commission on data privacy laws in seven countries in the Asia-Pacific. His most recent book is Asian Data Privacy Laws: Trade and Human Rights Perspectives (OUP, 2014).

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Tom Cooper

Deputy Editor

Tom Cooper began working for PL&B in 2010 as a sub editor. He produces the print and online versions of our PL&B UK and PL&B International reports using desk top publishing software. His role also involves close checking of stories and ensuring a consistent style across publications. He writes for PL&B Reports and undertakes administrative tasks as needed.

Tom trained as a journalist in Australia. He has worked for a number of local newspapers, and was editor of UK hockey magazine Push from 2008 to 2014.  He has had spells as an editor at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and for an online wire service covering European Union business news.

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Consulting, Training & Auditing

Valerie Taylor


Valerie is a qualified solicitor and throughout her legal career has specialised in data protection matters as well as IT and intellectual property law. Having qualified as a solicitor at Clifford Chance, the London based international law firm, Valerie went on to work in the in-house legal department of the Royal Mail Group plc where she was the principal data protection adviser.

Valerie now works with Privacy Laws & Business in a wide range of roles:

  1. as a consultant advising large and small businesses in the public and private sector on data protection compliance - she advises on all aspects of data protection and freedom of information, including data related projects, internal business policies and procedures and advising on proposed new legislation
  2. speaking at conferences
  3. providing training
  4. as a contributing editor to the Privacy Laws & Business UK newsletter
  5. is available for assignments working in-house to cover for staff absences
  6. and is one of Privacy Laws & Business’s Helpline team.

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