About Us

Fintan Swanton
Fintan Swanton,

Fintan Swanton has been Senior Consultant and Managing Director with Cygnus Consulting, since 2006. Fintan was the founding Chairman of the Association of Data Protection Officers and is a past President of the Irish Computer Society.

Past employers include The Sunday Business Post, AIB, and Prudential Europe. He has over 30 years experience in ICT.

Fintan holds a Master of Laws (LLM) Degree, specialising in European data protection law, and a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Computing.

He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT ProfessionalCertified Data Protection OfficerCertified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and Certified Information Security Manager.

He collaborates with ICS Skills and the Institute of Public Administration, developing, updating,  and presenting their data protection training programmes.

In 2018, Fintan was appointed to the European Commission Multistakeholder Expert Group on the application of the GDPR. The group provides professional opinions and feedback to the Commission on how the GDPR should be applied in practice.

Deirdre Garvey
Deirdre Garvey,
PhD MBS BA (Mgmt)

Dr Deirdre Garvey is a management consultant with Cygnus Consulting. She has held senior management positions in education and industry, most recently as Head of Centre and  Senior Lecturer at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Castlebar Campus.

Before joining GMIT, Deirdre was a Senior Specialist in Strategic Management with the Irish Management Institute. While at the IMI she taught on BA (Mgmt) and MBA programmes. She has also lectured with Technlogical University Dublin, the Open University, and Athlone IT.

She has extensive experience at senior management level with multinational technology companies including Microsoft, Stream International, and RR Donnelley.

Deirdre holds a PhD in Business Studies from TCD, an MBS Degree in International Business from UCD’s Smurfit Business School, and a BA (Mgmt) from the IMI.

Cygnus Consulting and Cygnus Training are registered business names of Cygnus Consulting Ltd. Registered in Ireland, nº 316701. Registered office: Westport, Co. Mayo, F28 KP23.

  • Data Protection Training

    Data Protection training, from basic to advanced certificate level

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  • Data Protection Assessment & Audit

    Assessment & audit of your Data Protection compliance

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  • Data Protection Policies & Procedures

    Advice & assistance on developing policies & procedures

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  • Data Protection Officer

    Get an expert DPO by outsourcing the function to us

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  • Data Breach Management

    Personal Data Breach investigation & response

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  • Data Protection Impact Assessments

    Use us to conduct DPIAs & integrate outcomes into your projects

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