Data and technology driven insurance specialist, Hood Group, has appointed Kirsty Villanueva (pictured) to the newly created role of data protection fficer.

She will oversee Hood’s preparation for the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May next year.

Villanueva was previously risk officer at Edinburgh Napier University. 

GDPR appointment

Hood chief executive Simon Hood said: “Hood Group is committed to innovating insurance through data, and we are acutely aware of our duty of care to manage that data responsibly and ensure its security. Kirsty’s appointment will initially focus on our preparations for the implementation of the GDPR next year. Looking ahead, her role will also involve collaborating with our innovation teams to make sure that, however we use data to enhance our products and services, it will be compliant with GDPR and any future legislative change surrounding data protection.”