In twenty years, few people have accomplished more than Joyce Allen to transform information rights into the modern profession it has become. Her belief in affordable, continuing professional development through recognised industry qualifications challenged the established order of the time. Previously, the high cost of training and legal focus restricted widespread adoption, limiting opportunities to consultants, academics and practitioners of law. Today, thanks to her practical approach and relatable teaching methodology, data protection and freedom of information professional certifications are considered an essential learning path for all information rights practitioners, regardless of their background.
Joyce believes in providing the skills, knowledge and tools that people need to discharge their duties or responsibilities at the highest level. In this regard, the attainment of a BCS or IAPP professional certification is recognition of an individual's newly acquired abilities, not the objective. And while understanding the law is a fundamental aspect of being an effective practitioner, Joyce focuses on the importance of data rights, ethics and the principles of fairness.
Having been a BCS trainer and course director since 2003 and, more recently, the IAPP, over 2000 students have entrusted Joyce with their professional development. Her training helps people working for multinational corporations and public sector clients achieve their career goals. Over the years, her insight, advice and opinions have been sought by supervisory authorities and government agencies involved in setting the agenda for advancing information rights.
Julie joined Freevacy in 2018 as a trainer and has since been promoted to training director. Her expertise covers data protection law, privacy programme management, and implementing privacy-enhancing technologies. Julie's practical and informal approach to data protection training helps delegates to analyse and interpret legislative requirements before applying day-to-day practices. Audience participation is highly encouraged; however, no one will be pressured to speak out (Julie looks after the introverts).
Prior to moving into full-time education, Julie enjoyed a 15-year career in various data protection roles, including 7 years as the data protection officer for a law enforcement agency. The position involved implementing and overseeing the data protection strategy to ensure compliance with GDPR requirements. As a DPO, Julie was responsible for developing policies and procedures, maintaining records of processing operations, conducting audits, and providing advice on DPIAs. The role also included training multiple departments throughout the country, along with acting as the point of contact for data subjects and the Information Commissioner's Office.
This experience helps Julie understand the demands and issues delegates face when managing their privacy operations and means that she can offer genuine insight when dealing with challenges.
Anthony is an information security trainer and consultant who possesses extensive experience working within HM Government and some of the most prominent UK organisations. This includes a 22 year Royal Navy career specialising in Telecommunications and Cyber Security. He has worked as part of the Ministry of Defence's Incident Response Team and carried out various roles in Information Assurance as an IT Security Officer to secure Critical National Infrastructure.
Training and motivating people is Anthony's passion. He has sought opportunities throughout his career to help others learn by designing and delivering training programmes in risk management, security analysis, incident response, information security awareness, and data privacy. His deep and extensive operational experience makes him highly-sought-after by clients who require practical training on current techniques within security analysis, cyber and communications data fields.
William Bello is a practising data protection officer with the European Association of Data Protection Professionals (EADPP) and a professional trainer with over 35 years of experience. Since 2017, William has been an IAPP official trainer partner.
He is goal orientated, has a strategic approach to decision making and proven leadership skills. As a trainer, Williams's areas of expertise include GDPR compliance, privacy programme management, information security, and IT Service Management. William is also experienced in developing and implementing employee privacy and security culture awareness learning and development programmes.
Amber Badley provides practical, experience-based training and advice on information rights. With a Masters's Degree from Northumbria University and over 20 years of experience, Amber passionately supports organisations to achieve and maintain compliance with UK data protection legislation, the Freedom of Information Act, and Environmental Information Regulations.
As a practising data protection officer for over 95 UK organisations, Amber has extensive experience managing data protection security breaches or dealing with complaints following Subject Access Requests and Freedom of Information Act Requests. This includes supporting organisations through complex cases escalated to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and attending Information Tribunal court hearings.
During her time as an FOI Officer for Devon County Council (DCC), Amber was the decision maker in the successful High Court FOI Act case (Dransfield v ICO & DCC  EWCA Civ 454) which resulted in the first ever UK case law and guidance on managing 'vexatious requests'.
Amber has also been invited by the Department for Education (DfE), to join their panel of data protection experts to create a series of resources, guides and templates, to support schools in their journey towards compliance with the data protection legislation.
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IAPP courses and BCS professional certifications can make the difference when applying for a new job or internal promotion. The knowledge gained can add tens of thousands of pounds to your lifetime earnings. With demand for qualified professionals at an all-time high, there's never been a better time to be an information rights practitioner.
Your employers benefit too by having qualified, competent personnel manage their information compliance processes.
Freevacy has been shortlisted in the Best Educator category. The PICCASO Privacy Awards recognise the people making an outstanding contribution to this dynamic and fast-growing sector.