MemberWise seminars are free events for association and membership professionals: they offer practical information, targeted learning and networking opportunities; and are linked to the core capabilities of leading sector providers.

IMG_0698In the first week of October a lunchtime data protection seminar took place, hosted by Kingston Smith, a MemberWise Recognised provider. Securing member data continues to be a top priority for membership organisations and associations in 2015. No organisation can afford the damage to reputation that would be caused by either a loss or abuse of members’ private data. This was reflected in the interest in the event, with the room being packed, with forty-four delegates from membership organisations of various sizes and sectors attending this seminars. The session was followed by networking over a delicious buffet lunch.

Mark Child’ Partner, Kingston Smith Consulting, who works in conjunction with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) gave a stunning presentation on this seemingly dry topic. The presentation generated a live discussion and a lot of questions from the audience: luckily Mark had another data protection expert on hand, Neil May, Senior Manager at Kingston Smith Consulting.

Mark says: “When incidents happen, all too often a membership organisation or association’s approach to data security is exposed as inadequate. In reality, data security is something the entire organisation needs to address, with technology making up just a part of the overall defence. Data breaches can result from various causes e.g. cyber-attacks, poor controls, failure to provide appropriate staff training and awareness, third parties etc. The key is to get the right systems and processes in place and to have the documentation to prove that the organisation has at least tried to do the right thing.”

The attendees took away lots of practical tips including a hand out with a data protection officer job description and an example of a data protection policy;  as well as  the latest update on EU Data Protection Regulation (EU DPR) and what implications the new directive could have of Data Protection Act 1998.

At the evenFinal thumbnailt the latest MemberWise report was unveiled: this data protection piece gives a unique insight into how data protection is handled within the association and membership sector (from data protection roles to policies and staff attitudes) and it contains key recommendations for the sector.  The report is a result of partnership with MemberWise Recognised providers ASI Europe, Kingston Smith, and Spotlight Market Research. You can download your copy from the MemberWise website.

KINGSTON SMITH_HELPING CLIENTS SUCCEED_CMYK_HIRESKingston Smith is a top 20 UK audit and accountancy firm that offers specialist advice for entrepreneurial businesses, not-for-profit organisations and private individuals. Kingston Smith has delivered in the past successful MemberWise Lunch & Learn events on topics such as Data Protection, Change Management, and Auto-Enrolment.

Contact: Mark Child: [email protected], Neil May: [email protected], Janice Riches [email protected], Telephone – 02075663732

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