Polly Ralph

Director, Data Protection Strategy, Legal and Compliance Services, PwC United Kingdom

I am Polly Ralph, a director and member of the leadership team in PwC’s Data Protection Strategy, Law and Compliance Services team.

I have worked exclusively in data protection and privacy since 2004, having started my career at the NZ Privacy Commission. Since then, I have worked as data privacy counsel and DPO across diverse industries including law enforcement, media/broadcasting and insurance.

Leveraging my extensive in-house experience, I focus on assisting clients to find pragmatic solutions to complex data protection problems. I have led large-scale GDPR projects and advised on ePrivacy, marketing, outsourcing, technology and international transfer issues. I am a regular speaker at data protection events and conferences, and have extensive experience leading GDPR-training sessions, including for PwC’s international network of firms.

I was admitted as a Barrister & Solicitor (High Court of New Zealand) in 2006 and am a SRA Registered Foreign Lawyer. I am ISEB-accredited in data protection, and hold the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ CIPP/E and CIPM certifications.


  • Data Protection and Privacy
  • Cyber Security