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Data Protection Virtual Conference
Virtual Event

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Tue, 8 Mar from
09:30 to 12:45 (BST)



From £125


Thank you to those who attended the conference, we hope you enjoyed it. 

Since the General Data Protection Regulations came into force in 2018, there has been much change in the world and in our sector. Never has strong data governance been more crucial within organisations and further legislative change is on the horizon.

This participative half day conference looked at a variety of topics, including what changes were proposed to data protection legislation; a voluntary Code of Conduct being developed by NHF; and the importance of being a data driven organisation.

The recording will be sent to those who attended.


Member Price £125

Non-member Price £189

Programme Listings

9.35       Conference Welcome

Alan Stokes, SFHA

9.40     Key Data Protection Considerations

Jenny Brotchie, Information Commissioner’s Office

To open the conference, Jenny Brotchie from the Information Commissioner’s Office will discuss with delegates the key data protection considerations that every organisation should be taking into account.  This will include how and when to use Data Protection Impact Assessments and how to determine the legal basis for processing data - which became slightly more complicated following the extension of FOI to RSLs.  Whilst still at a very early stage, Jenny will also touch on proposed Data Protection reforms currently being considered by UK Government – such as reform of subject access request charging and potentially removing the requirement for a data protection officer in all public bodies.

10.15   NHF Data Protection Code of Conduct 

Paul Bayly, National Housing Federation

In England, the National Housing Federation (NHF) is developing a Data Protection Code of Conduct. This is a voluntary Code that social housing providers can sign up to in order to demonstrate good practice in this area. In this interactive session, NHF will provide an overview on the content of the Code and seek views from delegates. 

10.45   Break 

11.15   The Importance of a data driven organisation 

Michael McLaughlin, HACT 

Strong data governance can deliver high-quality, trusted, and compliant data, and in this session HACT will explore how crucial this is for any organisation. HACT will be running a series of data basics sessions in conjunction with SFHA, and will also set the scene for the more in-depth sessions to come, looking at the fundamentals of information, information management and information systems.             

11.55   Data Protection in Practice 

Claire Beckley, RGDP

Eileen Barr, TC Young

SFHA offers members discounts on a number of data protection services, including advice from TC Young and Data Protection Officer services offered by Really Good Data Protection.  This session will provide an overview of some of the key issues that have emerged in practice across the sector and give delegates a chance to ask any questions they might have about issues they are encountering. 

12.30   Close of conference 



This programme is correct at the time of publication. We reserve the right to make alterations or substitutions if necessary. All timings may be subject to change. Views expressed by speakers at the event or in documents or notes provided are their own and may not necessarily be the views of SFHA.  


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Eileen Barr
TC Young

Eileen Barr has worked in TC Youngs' Commercial Department since she began her legal traineeship. Her knowledge of housing organisations and the diversity of Eileen’s experience means that she can assist on a variety of legal matters.

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As part of her key role in our commercial team, Eileen assists clients with the negotiation of loan documentation with major lenders and advises on financial legal paperwork to re-finance loans with lenders – including providing reports to Committee on refinanced loan terms.

Eileen assists RSL clients in complying with Freedom of Information and the Environmental Information Regulations. She was commissioned by SFHA and GWSF to produce FOI template documents and guidance for their members. Eileen frequently provides FOI training to RSLs and speaks at sector events about FOI.

She offers advice to organisations regarding company incorporation, setting up subsidiaries, and other issues relating to corporate structures.

Eileen provides guidance to clients on compliance with a number of regulatory regimes including procurement and Registered Social Landlord governance.

She also undertakes the negotiation of terms of contractual documentation on behalf of clients including commercial leases and service contracts.   

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Claire Beckley

A former practising solicitor in England and Scotland, Claire has been working in the field of data protection and information governance for over 5 years. 

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She holds a postgraduate certificate with distinction in data protection law and information governance and has considerable practical experience of how the laws should be interpreted and applied. She is employed as the Chief Data Protection Officer at RGDP LLP, who offer outsourced DPO services and ad hoc advice to clients throughout the UK.

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Stephen Peacock
Information Commissioner’s Office

Stephen is a Senior Policy Officer in the Scotland office of the ICO.  He joined the ICO in 2019 having been a civil servant in the Scottish Government in areas that included ICT Policy for the Scottish Public Sector, interoperability of data and systems, open data, identity management and the use of personal information to deliver services and to support policy development, planning and delivery.

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He is interested in how the spectrum of the law, social licence, ethics, guidance and principles should relate to each other and be consistent.  Combined with having worked for a global technology services company, this helps him consider these maters in a real world context.

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Jenny Brotchie
Information Commissioner’s Office

Jenny has been with the ICO since 2018. In that time she has worked with a wide range of stakeholders from across the private, public and third  sector in Scotland  providing advice and guidance on issues and policy proposals. She has a particular interest in ensuring that the processing of personal data benefits the most vulnerable in society.

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Prior to joining the ICO Jenny worked at the Carnegie UK Trust managing a variety of policy advocacy and research projects including those centred on public service reform and evidence based policy and practice. She has also held a number of third sector roles.

A biologist by training Jenny has spent time in molecular biology research labs and has always had a  love of data!

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