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GDPR – Are You Prepared?

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

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Are you ready for GDPR? Or perhaps you don’t know anything about it – in which case you’re not alone. At an event with a group of finance directors a couple of weeks ago, over 90% didn’t know what GDPR is or how it might impact their organisations. If you’re not already thinking about what you need to do to comply then you may be at significant risk.

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU-wide law that comes into force on 25th May 2018, replacing the current Data Protection Act, tightening data protection regulation and increasing the penalties for a data breach. Under GDPR the maximum fine increases to €20 million, or 4% of global turnover, and Brexit isn’t going to make it go away.

GDPR places stringent obligations on an organisation around the management and use of personal data – and data protection needs to be embedded into all your business process and systems.

The requirements apply to both automated (IT) and manual systems, and businesses must demonstrate compliance with the key principles, including:

  • Data must be processed in a manner that ensures security, protecting against unauthorised access or loss
  • Data must be accurate, kept up to date, and not retained for longer than needed
  • Businesses must have the explicit consent of individuals to hold their data, with a positive opt-in, freely given and verifiable, separate to any other terms and conditions (a higher standard than currently) – which can be withdrawn at any time
  • The right of an individual to have their data erased – meaning business need to be able to identify all the data they hold about an individual and be able delete it in response to a request.

Whilst the regulation also applies to manual and paper-based systems, IT is probably where greatest risk lies and businesses and other organisations need to ensure they are adequately protected. We are all aware of the impact of recent ransomware attacks, but many experts feel that the next big ransomware threat is around GDPR – with the potential for a criminal organisation to get hold of your data and then threaten to publish it.

If you would like to find out more, and ensure that your organisation is adequately protected, then contact at

Successful Projects in the not-for-profit sectors? – 2012 has shown it is possible

Thursday, August 30th, 2012
The 2012 Olympics showed what amazing project leadership can do – what if you had just a tiny piece of that magic?
Frustrated with your organisation’s ability to deliver projects successfully? Do your projects give you the benefits you expect – or do they always seem to end up running late, costing more and just not delivering what you expected?
If this sounds familiar then you are not alone – our experience indicates that this is unfortunately the familiar reality across many sectors.
As with most successful organisational strategy – it starts at the top.
What do senior leaders actually need to do to facilitate success?
How do you decide whether to adopt a project approach or not?
Projects and operations are different – with significant implications if you don’t get it right.
As directors ourselves, and at the forefront of contemporary thinking around projects, two days with us will help your senior leaders deliver a step change in success for your organisation.
In a small group, our two directors work with you to explore these issues on the first day – and a few weeks later we develop the principles through your own project case studies. Join an open workshop with senior leaders from other organisations, or we can tailor one just for your team.
Other CEO’s and Directors who have attended our workshops have said:
“An enormous amount of knowledge for the ‘real
world’ environment”
“Pitched just right”
“Extremely useful”

APM Lens Presentation

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Last Monday I joined my APM People SIG colleague Rob Sadler to deliver a presentation to the Coventry Branch of lenscollective the APM, about the new Lens Collective – A guide to seeing different perspectives in project management.  Read more at: and