Delightful Ethical Digital

21st March 2018

What does GDPR mean for small / medium charities?

Steve Reed MP (Shadow Minister [Digital, Culture, Media and Sport] [Civil Society]) will host a short presentation, panel discussion and Q&A on behalf of Fat Beehive in Room 09 Palace of Westminster on 27th March 2018 at 2pm and requests the pleasure of your company.

Please note! The event will now take place in Committee Room 11 at 1 pm

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018 and is a replacement to the Data Protection Act (DPA, 1998). It aims to standardise the way Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is dealt with in terms of Data Controllers (i.e. organisations that collect personal data) and Data Processors (i.e. a third party you share data with) and that exist within the EU or countries operating outside of the EU that process data on EU nationals.

Ultimately it gives back control and ownership of data to the individual. Charities will normally be considered a Data Controller, collecting the data of supporters in order to engage and communicate with them in a variety of ways. Many charities use their website to ask people to sign up and will then communicate with them via email. The vast majority of charities will fit into the Data Controller category and will be ‘processing’ some data even if it that means just ‘storing’ the information.

Additionally, it’s not just supporter data; it also applies to staff data, service user data, trustee data etc.While many larger charities are prepared for GDPR many smaller/ medium sized charities, have yet to consider what it means for them and how they engage with supporters after May, especially in a digital age. Presentations by:

  • Chair, Cllr Mark Watson, Deputy Cabinet Member, Digital, Culture, Leisure and Sport, Croydon Council
  • Richard Nevinson, Group Manager Policy & Engagement, Information Commissioner’s Office
  • Skip Fidura F IDM, Strategy and Insight Director, DotMailer Ltd
  • Karen Holden, Managing Director, A City Law Firm Ltd
  • Caroline Taylor, Head of Client Partnerships, Fat Beehive Ltd
  • Stuart Brown, Business Development and Partnerships Manager, Small Charities Coalition


Registration is now closed.

Speaker profiles

Cllr Mark Watson, CEO at Fat Beehive since 2018. Mark has a charity and digital background and was the Campaigns Director of the human rights charity Stonewall during the 90’s; in 2000 he launched in the UK, which became the largest LGBT community website. He has held elected office as the Cabinet Member for Communities in Croydon and joins Fat Beehive from the charity Tourism Concern, where he was the Executive Director.

Richard Nevinson manages the team responsible for the ICO’s external engagement with stakeholders in the private and third sectors. Richard has worked at the ICO since 2015 and has held roles in the organisation’s strategic liaison and policy directorates. Prior to joining the ICO, Richard worked in policy and regulatory affairs in the transport and energy industries.

Skip Fidura is a customer-centric digital marketing expert with over 20 years of experience working with clients, agencies and providers. Prior to becoming the Digital and Client Service Director for dotmailer, Skip ran the Email and Digital Dialogue Practice for Europe at Ogilvy One. He has worked with both B2B and B2C clients such as BT, Fred Perry, Paul Smith, DHL and Copa Airlines, helping them deliver unique human conversations to each customer at scale. Skip is also a Non-Executive Director of the UK DMA and Chair of their Responsible Marketing Committee where he is helping to shape the agenda and define the best practice around the responsible use of data and marketing channels.

Skip is a globally recognised, high-energy speaker who avoids buzzwords to put complex concepts into plain actionable language. His talks focus on using technology to deliver human conversations at scale, consumer-centric uses for data and responsible marketing.

Karen Holden is the founder of the award-winning, A City Law Firm Ltd, based in the City of London. Listed as a legal 500 firm and winner of the most innovative law firm it prides itself on the fact “ our people set us apart”. The commercial division of the firm often helps start-up and scale-up businesses, which often can include social enterprises and charitable arms. With this in mind it understands how difficult it is to keep on top of all of the legal updates, practically apply them with reduced resources compared to the larger charities and businesses and working on a budget means that advisors are often out of reach and so you have to be self-taught. Data Protection & GDPR something the fan focuses on a daily basis for all of its clients.

Caroline Taylor has worked in the technology and digital sector with not for profit organisations for over 10 years. She has a fantastic understanding of charity priorities, and is able to understand requirements and advise how best to create an engaging website to reflect your organisation.

Stuart Brown has been Partnerships Manager at Small Charities Coalition, the UK’s largest and fastest capacity building body for small charities. Prior to this he used to run a social enterprise and is currently a business growth mentor at London and Partners, supporting businesses with a turnover of less than £40m looking to grow across London and the outer boroughs.


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