The SFA 'GDPR in action' workshop on 9 March is fast approaching and we wanted to share with you a little bit about our speakers.
We are delighted that Dale Sunderland, Deputy Data Protection Commissioner will open the event and his speech will be aimed at the small business community.
The focus of this workshop is on GDPR in relation to HR, marketing (managing consent) and data breaches. The speakers will give an update on the GDPR requirements for each of these three areas and will take a practical approach tailored to small firms.
Fleur O’Shea will lead the first session on GDPR & HR records. Fleur is an Associate in the ByrneWallace Employment Team with over seven years’ experience in all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law.  Fleur has particular expertise in data protection and is a member of ByrneWallace’s GDPR Steering Committee.  She has advised numerous private and public-sector employers in relation to data protection issues arising in the workplace including covert surveillance, investigations by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner and data protection issues arising in the context of unfair dismissal proceedings.  She has also advised clients in relation to the transfer of personal data outside of the EEA and has drafted policies, procedures and contractual clauses in this area.
Helen Quinn, the SFA's own in-house GDPR advisor will lead the second session on GDPR & marketing and how businesses can manage the area of consent. Helen is the point of contact for all SFA member queries on data protection, HR and employment law. She has developed specialised expertise in small business compliance with GDPR and is lead author on the SFA's GDPR publication, which is being launched at the workshop on 9 March. She has several years’ experience working with trade association bodies, including in the financial services sector and with Arklow Chamber of Commerce.
Gerard Joyce, will take us through data breaches and how to respond to them in the third session. Gerard is co-founder of CalQRisk with over 30 years’ experience in the ICT sector in various roles: engineering, customer operations, IT management and risk management.  He is chairman of the NSAI Risk Management Consultative Committee and a member of the ISO International Risk Management Technical Committee (TC262) that is responsible for the development of risk management standards and guidance material. Gerard has worked with organisations in financial services, credit unions, education, aviation, technology and public service, providing advice and guidance on governance, compliance and risk management.
There are limited places left for the workshop, so register here as soon as possible to secure a place. Attendees will receive a copy of the new SFA GDPR publication on the day to celebrate its official launch. The event is free to SFA members and for non-members it is €95 plus VAT.

We look forward to seeing you on 9 March.