October 11th 2017 - October 18th 2017 | 11th - Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh | 18th - Uni. of Strathclyde, Technology & Innovation Centre, Glasgow


Keith Aitken

Journalist & Broadcaster

Helen Findlay

Data Protection and Information Assets Team Leader, Information Assurance and Risk, iTECS, Scottish Government 

A librarian by trade, Helen has worked in records and information management, IKM and information governance in public and private sector organisations in Scotland and New Zealand. She currently manage the team responsible for data protection and information assets management advice and guidance and implementing the GDPR for the Scottish Government. 

Maureen H Falconer

Regional Manager, Scotland, Information Commissioner’s Office

Maureen Falconer joined the ICO in 2007, and is currently Regional Manager for the ICO’s Scotland Office. Maureen works with a variety of organisations, providing awareness-raising events, advice and guidance in all things data protection. Maureen sits on various development/steering groups, providing advice and guidance at the early stages of various public sector initiatives.

As well as the day-to-day management of the office, Maureen’s external remit includes the NHS, Local Government, Education and Social Work.

Prior to joining the ICO, Maureen worked in the Scottish Parliament as parliamentary researcher for Dennis Canavan MSP until his retirement in 2007. Coming from an academic background, Maureen lectured and researched in public administration with specific interests in education and health.

David Freeland

Senior Policy Officer, Information Commissioner’s Office

David joined the ICO in 2013 as a Senior Policy Officer in the ICO’s Scotland team. He engages primarily with information governance professionals across Scotland to increase awareness of data protection law, encouraging a privacy-by-design approach to both policy development and working practices. This work includes responding to specific enquiries from stakeholders, developing ICO responses to new legislation in Scotland, organising and delivering workshops and presentations, and representing the ICO in sector-based forums.

Martin Fletcher

Assurance & Information Management Consultant, National Archives

As part of the Information Management Department; Martin Fletcher has provided Cyber Security training to 3,000 staff from over 150 organisations across the public sector. He is also responsible for the Archives’ well established programme of Management Board briefings. Martin believes that the core to ensuring a secure culture is to engage the senior management and encourage them to see cyber security as being more than just an “IT problem.”

Jonathan Elliott

Director & General Manager, Public Sector, Xerox UK & Ireland, Xerox

Jonathan Elliott has a wealth of experience working with the public sector to manage their documents and remove paper from their organisations. In his role as director and general manager for the public sector in the UK, Jonathan is responsible for driving true digital transformation across higher education, health, local and central government.

Jonathan joined Xerox in 1998 and has since held a number of leadership positions across Xerox’s business including service delivery, marketing in both the public sector and private sector markets. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Business, Administration, Management and Operations from Aston University.

Leigh Gripton

Senior Business Consultant – Public Sector, Xerox

Leigh has over 25 years public sector experience and was formerly the SIRO in a local authority for over 4 years, prior to joining Xerox as a Senior Business Consultant. Leigh attained the Certificate in Information Management Principles from the BCS in 2013 and established a new IM function including its plan, policies, procedures, training etc., which led to acheiving ‘SIRO of the Month’ in 2015 by the National Archives. Leigh led on a baseline of IM arrangements across a regional collaboration footprint to assess shared service opportunities and was a steering board member for the Wales Accord for the sharing of personal information across the public sector.

Alan Bell

Head of Information Governance & Joint Assistant Director of Culture & Information, University of Dundee

Alan Bell is the Head of Information Governance and Joint Assistant Director of Culture & Information at the University of Dundee. He is a member of the Information and Records Management Society’s (IRMS) Accreditation and Development sub-committee and the IRMS GDPR working group. He is a former Chair of the Scottish Higher Education Information Practitioners Group, has spoken widely on records and information management issues and has served on various professional groups throughout his career. He is an Accredited Member of IRMS and was elected an IRMS Fellow in 2016.

Laura Irvine

Parnter, BTO Solicitors LLP

Laura is a specialist in data protection, cyber security and information law. Previously worked as a prosecutor and for the UK Government. She now works with clients who find themselves involved with data and information issues and the ICO. She was co-counsel in relation to the first, and to date, only, successful appeal against an ICO fine for a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 when Scottish Borders Counsel got their £250,000 fine returned to them. At the moment Laura is providing organisations across all sectors with pragmatic and practical GDPR compliance advice. 

Deborah Henderson

Legal Manager, Corporate & Property Law Section, Glasgow City Council

Deborah Henderson is a Legal Manager at Glasgow City Council, responsible for Freedom of Information and Data Protection matters.  Deborah is a qualified solicitor and provides operational and strategic advice on FOI and data protection issues across the Council.  She also manages and supports a team of solicitors who deal with information law issues. 

Deborah has assisted with the Council’s strategic planning and governance structure for the introduction of the GDPR across the organisation and its Arms Length External Organisations and sits on both the Council’s GDPR Co-ordinating Group and Working Group.  Deborah has given several GDPR talks to senior management teams and prepared guidance notes and Council-wide Management Briefings.  She also has responsibility for many of the legal issues arising from the introduction of the new data protection legislation, such as updating contracts and privacy notices.

Richmond Davies

Service Manager, Statistical Governance, Data & Quality & Inforamtion Governance, NHS National Services Scotland

Richmond has over 21 years experience in the NHS, including a four year period at the Scottish Government. He has worked in various roles in NHS Scotland from delivering healthcare in inpatient psychiatric settings to analysing health data and currently, leading the statistical governance and data quality functions as well as managing the information governance service in Information Services Division and Health Protection Scotland. His interests lie in data science and governance, risk and compliance. When Richmond is not at work, he is learning more about data science and serving as secretary of the Scottish branch of ICSA The Governance Institute.

Richmond is a chartered governance professional who initially qualified and worked as a civil engineer but now holds a philosophy doctorate in information science from the iSchool at Robert Gordon University where he has served as an adjunct senior lecturer.

Tim Anderson

Associate Director, NCC Group

Tim has worked for some of the UK’s top security firms over the last two decades and as a result of this has helped a number of organisations strengthen their security wellbeing, either strategically or tactically in order to improve cyber security resilience. Tim is currently responsible for the commercial creation and the associated commercial strategies for NCC Group’s advanced cyber defence capabilities.

Tim Musson

Specialist in Data Protection and GDPR, Computer Law Training

After many years as a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University Tim left to set up his own business, Computer Law Training, based on his background in education, computing and law.  He now provides training and support in GDPR compliance for clients across the UK, including public courses delivered on behalf of major training providers and in-house sessions and consultancy both on clients’ premises and remotely.

Tim is heavily involved with the Law Society of Scotland, where he is convenor of the Privacy Law Committee, a member of the Technology Committee and a regular speaker at conferences.

Alice Wilson

Information Governance Lead, Children’s Hearings Scotland

Alice Wilson is the Information Governance Lead in Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS). She has worked in the public sector for over 17 years. Initially working in Historic Scotland’s conservation division, managing a specialist library and the conservation files before moving to the IT division in the Scottish Government, working in records & information management, then specialising in data protection from 2009 prior to working in CHS. She is qualified data protection practitioner and has degrees in information and records management.

She manages the IG Team in CHS ensuring best practice and compliance in the current legislative framework. She provides advice, policy, guidance and training on all aspects of information governance within the CHS Community. This work also includes close partnership working with the Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration (SCRA). She leads the programme of work to ensure CHS is compliant when GDPR comes into force.