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Interview with Jonathan Armstrong

by | Feb 27, 2021 | Interviews,

Jonathan Armstrong

Jonathan Armstrong

Key Topics:Law, Cybersecurity, Compliance, Modern Slavery, Bribery, Technology, GDPR, Data Protection, Investigations

Lawyer helping multinationals with technology, risk and compliance internationally. Regular broadcaster & podcaster with the BBC & other channels. I’ve also written articles on technology, cybersecurity & compliance. Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Marketing. Speaker at conferences in North America, Asia, South America, the Middle East & across Europe.

I've been involved in the development of a number of technology applications going back to the 1990s. I’ve specialised in technology, risk & governance since 1996. Featured in Legal Experts Report. I am one of the 3 co-authors of the definitive work on technology law ‘Managing Risk: Technology & Communications’.

How did you get to become an expert in your key topics?

My first job was a paper round! I programmed as a child & then studied computing aged 14-16. After legal training I picked up technology-related cases due to my skills in this area. In the late 1990s I became more widely known for this work including as a keynote speaker. At the same time I had been involved in broadcasting on radio from 11 onwards and took up broadcasting again after University.

What topic areas are you most passionate about?

Engagement, social exclusion, fighting threats to data security, fighting slavery, compliance.

Which influencers influence you within those key topics?

So many. As a few examples the people I do the Everything Compliance podcast with are regarded as about the best . We have also interviewed many others on YouTube in the Head to Head series.

Outside of key topics, who else influences you?

Again many people. I think its important to look at new issues – for example I am undergoing a Uni course at the moment on how design influences human behaviour and vice versa.

How would you describe your offline influence?

I’m involved in all of those. There are some examples of speaking engagements & writing. There are some examples of the consulting work we do here. And I do lots of networking if only online at the moment.

If a brand wanted to work with you, which activities would you be most interested in collaborating on?

I’d be open to collaborating on podcasts, webinars, whitepapers as well as being involved in speaking at events, product innovation and video interviews.

What’s your best source of information for getting ahead of a story?

Our network of contacts.

What brands have you worked with?

Many but we don’t disclose names.

Which non-paid activities would you be keen to take part in if the opportunity raised your profile or delivered value to your audience?

I am keen to provide a quote for content or news article, share or create a social post, write a product review or create video content. I would also be interested in participating in a podcast, webinar or speaking at an event.

What are your passions outside of work?

Lots eg architecture, family, travel (when allowed), Cornwall, outdoors, food, wine, music & the arts (recently stepped down as trustee of a children’s music charity).

What would be the best way for a brand to contact you?

Via email.