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University of Bath

Gail Kent IPR Advisory Board member

Gail Kent is the Director of Data at DG Connect in the European Commission.


Gail Kent is one of the most senior British officials in the European Commission in Luxembourg. She is Director of Data in one of the largest DGs and was also throughout 2016 the acting Deputy DG.

Her current responsibilities include both policy and programme management in the fields of Data Economy, promoting cultural heritage and removing digital barriers.

She has more than 20 years of high level experience of managing large budgets, finance, compliance and HR in a multi-lingual, multicultural highly political environment. Comfortable with senior levels in government, public sector and NGOs she has sound judgement, budgetary acumen and good political skills.

Outside of her main job, she has presided a staff Committee with members from several EU institutions looking at childcare provision for staff's children. She also has presided several recruitment competitions and oversees middle management post procedures in other DGs.