October Peer Group - GDPR in the IT/Software Industry

On May 25th, 2018, GDPR comes into force replacing the current European legislation (the Data Protection Directive), and its UK equivalent (the Data Protection Act 1998), and it will profoundly alter the way SMEs manage and structure their customer and employee data. Non-compliance is not an option.

Panel Session – GDPR in the IT/Software Industry: A Threat or Opportunity?

Threat or Opportunity? –  in most situations, both!

Our Panel will answer your questions on GDPR. A valuable opportunity to refine your business strategy to leverage GDPR.

Ed Wright – Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Ed works with clients from all sectors (including life sciences and technology, media and telecoms) on wide-ranging non-contentious commercial, contractual, IP, ICT, e-commerce, data protection, competition and public procurement law issues.

He advises on IP creation, ownership, protection and exploitation, including technology transfers, R&D collaborations and agency, distribution/reselling and franchising arrangements.

Ed has a keen interest in drafting/advising on IP licensing arrangements and, whenever possible, presents and writes on topical commercial and/or IP matters.

Clients consider Ed to be very approachable, intelligent and commercial.

Simon Ghent – Fifth Square

Simon delivers white labelled Data Security and Privacy Consultancy to forward looking MSPs.

Simon has over 20 years’ experience in IT and Telecom consultancy, project management and implementation. In 2010, he established a cloud focused MSP in the East Midlands. After experiencing rapid growth, he sold the business in 2015.

Following 2 years of Business Consultancy he launched a range of services specifically designed to assist organisations assess, prepare and maintain demonstrable compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and best practice.

Simon is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is an ANSI/ISO accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Management (CIPM). In addition, he is certified as a Cyber Essentials Assessor and certification body through IASME.

Matt Leipnik – Founder, Chalk Circle Ltd

Matt is an Entrepreneur and Information Security Specialist. In 2010 he founded Chalk Circle, a Cyber Security Consultancy and Managed Services Provider based in the South-East of England. Matt has also overseen the technology strategy, systems and infrastructure to enable the Digital Catapult to rapidly accelerate the best digital ideas in the UK to market.
In his previous role at Tata Communications, Matt was Director of Managed Security Services Engineering, where he built Tata’s next generation cloud security platform and provided security for Jaguar Land Rover One and Formula 1.  One of his key interests is human interaction with technology and design. Matt is a business mentor for the Kent Foundation and runs the Elevate Business Network, a young entrepreneurs meetup.

Key Details

Tue 3 October 15:30-late

Wed 4 October 08:30-13:30
(Attend 1 or both sessions)


Highgate House
Grooms Lane

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Detailed Agenda

Day 1 – Tuesday 3rd October

3:30pm – 4:00 pm: Registration

4:00pm to 6:00pm: Peer Group Session: Common Business Issues

7:00pm to 7:30pm: Networking in the bar

7:30pm on – Working Dinner: Panel Session – GDPR – Threat or Opportunity

Day 2: Wednesday 4th October

08:30 am – 12:30 pm: Gary Weston – Winning Strategy

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30pm: End – back to the office

Attendance is FREE.

It is free to attend either or both sessions. If you wish to stay overnight and join us for dinner Tuesday evening, the hotel are offering dinner, bed & breakfast deals for £120 + VAT – purely optional on your part.