GDPR: how it affects the charity sector

25 May 2017 London

A breakfast seminar discussing the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ahead of its introduction in May 2018.

This event is now sold-out. To register for the waiting list, click here.

Despite exiting the EU, GDPR will still apply to the UK and charities must comply. Many charities are still learning the details of the new regulation and whether or not their current data practices will still comply with data protection law.

This breakfast briefing aims to cut through the confusion and give you practical advice to ensure your charity is prepared for the future.  

Book before 28th April to take advantage of our early-bird discounts

This event is for charities only. As a result, there are no corporate spaces available and we will withdraw places booked by non-charity delegates. We will issue a refund minus an administration fee of 15%.


25 May 2017

  • 9.00AM - 9.30AM
    Morning coffee and informal networking
    Morning coffee and informal networking
  • 9.30AM - 9.35AM
    Chair's welcome
    Stephen Cotterill, editor, Fundraising Magazine
  • 9.35AM - 10.10AM
    How will the GDPR affect your direct marketing and fundraising activities?

    This session will examine how the GDPR will affect charities’ direct marketing and fundraising activities, particularly focussing on whether consent will remain the most appropriate (or even an available) basis for processing personal data for direct marketing purposes. Mark Harvey & Jonathan McDonald will also look at the interplay of the Fundraising Code and the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 with the GDPR and examine the additional requirements this may place on charities.

    Mark Harvey, partner & Jonathan McDonald, senior associate, Charles Russell Speechlys  

  • 10.10AM - 10.45AM
    GDPR & its impact upon your CRM

    Graham Hewitt will discuss the implications that the incoming legislation will have upon your current CRM practices, and will showcase how your organisation should aim to demonstrate good GDPR compliance. Drawing on his extensive experience he will consider the impact on a charity CRM, including consideration of data sources for personal data and the complications around recording & managing consent.

    Graham Hewitt, senior CRM consultant, Access Group

  • 10.45AM - 11.10AM
    Networking and refreshment break
    Networking and refreshment break
  • 11.10AM - 11.45AM
    RNLI case study: Communication Saves Lives

    In 2015 RNLI bravely announced it would be the first charity in the sector to switch to opt-in-only communications. Tim Willett will share the strategy behind the move and how they have effectively encouraged their supporters to opt in. He will discuss the impact this campaign has had to date and will impart insight into how your charity can prepare for the incoming GDPR legislation & a new era of fundraising.

    Tim Willett, head of funding strategy, RNLI
  • 11.45AM - 12.00PM
    Q&A with speakers
    Q&A with speakers


Early bird by 28 April £50*

Standard fee (after 28 April)   £80*  

*All prices exc VAT. This event is for charities only. As a result, there are no corporate spaces available and we will withdraw places booked by non-charity delegates. We will issue a refund minus an administration fee of 15%. 


15 Hatfields
Chadwick Court


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