A practical approach to Data Governance

Are you responsible for implementing Data Governance in your organisation?

It’s a daunting task, isn’t it?

One of the biggest challenges you’re probably struggling with is knowing where to even start. 

There’s lots of advice available online and in books, but how do you take this huge quantity of sometimes conflicting theory and turn it into something practical?  You might have tried sharing some of this theory with your senior stakeholders but you are struggling to articulate what it means to them.

What is more, if you fail to convince them to support your Data Governance initiative and you don’t start to actually deliver value, the Data Governance initiative will fail and you will be blamed.

I get it. I have been there.

Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that way. 

There is no such thing as a standard approach to Data Governance but there are some clear steps that everyone needs to follow to gain senior stakeholder buy-in and to design a framework that is right for them.

Over 17 years of designing and implementing Data Governance Frameworks I have developed a practical approach that takes you through all the steps needed to be able to successfully design and implement a Data Governance Framework that is right for your organisation.

5* Reviewed Online Course taught by Nicola Askham, The Data Governance Coach

Gain knowledge on the following topics

  • DG Strategy

  • DG Framework

  • DG Processes

  • DG Deliverables

  • DG Implementation

Meet the Course Instructor

Nicola Askham

The Data Governance Coach

Nicola is the leading data governance training provider in the UK. She holds a unique level of experience in the Data Governance field, and has experience in training and coaching major organisations to help them implement full data governance frameworks. Nicola has developed a powerful methodology for implementing data governance based on over 20 years of experience and research into best practices.


Hear what previous course attendees have to say.

“DG is not an easy topic, but in this course I have found very interesting and insightful content that I'm sure will help me become a better DG manager and practitioner. What I found most interesting and valuable is Nicola's ability to explain concepts very clearly. I highly suggested this course to everyone who is taking the first steps in the DG world.”

Alessandro Lollo

“Easy and quick to get your head around Data Governance right from inception to implementation.”

Venkata Valluri

“I thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Getting started in Data Governance’ course. It was a great balance of informative guidance and the opportunity to collaborate with others experiencing similar challenges across different industries. It helped develop my confidence in approaching the data governance initiative within my own organisation, as well as providing lots of interesting insight that will certainly help enhance the impact I will be able to make. I would not hesitate in recommending your course to others who are in my position as both the content and delivery were fantastic! Thank you Nicola”

Emma McLeod, Global Data Governance Controller

“I recently completed the Data Governance online course, and I found the content extremely useful. What impressed me was how Nicola conveys the information with a cheerfulness using real-life story’s that help you understand the subject in a way that we can all relate too. I also attended the Data Governance Clinic which again I found very helpful although I did not contribute with any questions maybe because of the lack of maturity in the subject it was very informative to listen to other members of the course discussing the trials and tribulations of Data Governance. I would highly recommend the course especially to people like myself who are new to the subject and would like to thank Nicola for a making what could be deemed as a dry subject very interesting and entertaining.”

Neil Evans, IMAP Data Analyst

“I was new to Data Governance when I attended. I had various queries around understanding how Data Owners fit into a Governance structure, how you identify them and allocate and assign responsibilities. I also needed a high level view of the main components of Data Governance, what are the key elements and where to start. I feel that the course did exactly what it said on the tin! Help to get started – but also it gives a complete overview, so not just about starting but tips for keeping going and the various key milestones you need to complete along the way. One of the main things I think was useful is that Data Governance is not one size fits all and there is not a standard methodology – you have to tailor it to your organisation. This was really useful to grasp. It also addressed my problems re Data Owners - it gave me the knowledge to know what to do, (and who roughly to pick), and some pitfalls to expect. ”

Claire Laws, Data Governance Adviser

“This is such a good course. Data Governance isn't easy but Nicola Askham breaks it down into workable pieces. Highly recommended to anyone looking to implement a Data Governance programme. (it's not a project)”

Carolyn Crooks, Head of Information Management at CUH

“As many other companies we also struggle with challenges related to data, such as data quality issues, who should do what and who can actually take decisions when necessary. Data Governance training helped us to get started, things were suddenly more clear and structured. Training was followed by individual coaching sessions answering very detailed questions relevant for our company. So now we have a plan and it's time to show first results. Thank you for help, Nicola!”

Pavla Lengalova, Process Leader Master Data

“I recently worked through the material in Nicola Askham’s online course on Data Governance. It is well-aligned with the DAMA DMBOK2 description of Data Governance and provides a very accessible approach to absorbing the principles of Data Governance. And it is backed up with war stories from Nicola’s extensive practical experience. The presentation format is effective with Nicola’s audio narrative on the lesson presentations and various background documents available for download including the lesson presentations as pdf files. For those initiating a Data Governance program, this is a great place to start.”

Andrew Black, Andrew Black Data Quality

“Taking what can be a dry and complex subject, Nicola has managed to articulate it into such an intuitive, logical and interesting subject. Much like her philosophy towards data governance, the course is economical and pragmatic, with the right level of detail building up.”

Hugh Ferguson, Subsea7