The introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018 is the biggest change to data protection legislation in more than 20 years.  But what does GDPR mean for event organisers and attendees? And why should you be bothered to know what GDPR is? Companies involved in the organisation of events regularly and systematically collect personal data and event organisers will need to justify why they hold personal data and how they are planning on using it.

Join us at the first instalment of C&IT’ s GDPR Roadmap  for a tangible and practical guide on how to navigate these changes and how to best prepare your organisation for the implementation of these new regulations.   

Delegates will be given the opportunity to anonymously submit sections of their plans (such as sections of your registration forms, privacy policy and consent statement) to a panel of experts who will dissect them and provide constructive feedback to ensure that you are on the right track.

Why should you attend?

  • Make sure you're ahead of the game for the introduction of the GDPR and understand how you become compliant. 
  • Hear from leading data compliance officers and GDPR consultants  and gain a unique insight into the implications of GDPR.
  • Ask our panel of experts questions about what GDPR will mean for your organisation.
  • Network with other delegates and discuss the challenges GDPR might create.

This unmissable event will provide thorough and practical analysis of real examples as well as an overview of the changes allowing you to learn about what you need to expect and how to make sure you’re compliant to the new GDPR legislations. 


08:30: Registration & networking

09:00: Chair's opening remarks

Calum Di Lieto , Editor, C&IT

09:05: Justifying What You Are Asking: Why Implied Consent Is No Longer Permitted

Learn the fundamental basics of why you ask what you ask and how you word things to ensure you're GDPR compliant. Understand how to adapt your CMS systems so you and your suppliers are ready for the new GDPR legislation
Zak Roby, Director, TMB Events

09:25: Going Through The Auditing Process: The Questions You Should Be Asking

We'll look at the supply chain liability and accountability. We'll try to understand the agencies vs. clients argument: who’s responsible and who owns the data? We'll also look at the justification of why you’re keeping data and what you should do with it. We will get to the bottom of why you should have a data compliance officer or an ad hoc person in your organisation and what event venues should do with their data and where should they store it?
Duncan Smith, Director, ICompli

09:40: Planning The Future: How Do You Stay Compliant?

How do you go through the hygiene process for historical data ensuring the data you collect is secure? How do you make sure people understand how they're using data. We will highlight how to use apps and data build lists for marketing, sponsorship and networking and how you overcome issues between sales and marketing: avoiding contact fatigue. Also we will see why choosing trustworthy sources and suppliers can make all the difference

Sarah-Jane Johnston , Head Of Operations, Xsem

10:10: Experts Panel Discussion: What Will Take A Company Down?

During this session, event, legal and data protection experts will discuss and dissect sections of GDPR plans. Examples may include registration forms, privacy policy and consent statements.

Calum Di Lieto , Editor, C&IT

Carla Jones, Head Of Event Strategy, Operations And Client Services, Haymarket Media Group

Christel Cao-Delebarre, Head Of Data Privacy, UK&I Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Duncan Smith, Director, ICompli

Richard Dutton, Director, Elias Partnership

10:45: Chair’s closing remarks

10:50: Close of event

                          Ticket Prices
Subscribers £99
Non-Subscribers £129

*Subscriber discount is limited to 1 per subscriber

Date: Wednesday 7th March 2018
Time:   08:30 – 10:45am

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Confirmed speakers


Calum Di Lieto , Editor, C&IT

Calum started his journalism career at a regional lifestyle publication for young people where he worked closely with the MD and the magazine’s mentor Terry Mansfield CBE - former President & CEO of the National Magazine Company. His experience there helped to bolster his career at Executive Grapevine, where he began as an intern over five years ago. In 2013, soon after turning 23, he was appointed Editor of HR Grapevine, making him the youngest Editor of a national magazine. Since then he has overseen the launch of two new titles and driven a dramatic redesign that significantly boosted readership

Sarah-Jane Johnston , Head Of Operations, Xsem

Sarah-Jane Johnston brings a wealth of experience to the industry, arriving to Xsem from The fresh Group in Manchester, where she was head of operations. Prior to that, she was an account and business director at Ashfield Meetings and Events in the Midlands. She also spent more than nine years as Edinburgh First’s head of conference and events team.

Christel Cao-Delebarre , Head Of Data Privacy , UK&I Carlson Wagonlit Travel

Christel is a dual-qualified lawyer (UK and France) who acquired most of her (circa) 20 years’ professional experience in London via senior roles in leading US and UK law firms as well as European and American-headquartered multinational corporations. Over the years, she has gained solid expertise and leadership skills in data protection and privacy, including data/cyber security matters, on a global and local level.

Data protection is not only a subject matter which she has practised throughout her career since her very first professional role (where she assisted the co-writer of the Data Protection 1995 EC Directive) but also a passion of hers, in an increasingly complex digital world where privacy is both a compliance issue and a business opportunity. She led and managed a comprehensive global privacy program as well as GDPR implementation program (including “BCRs” scheme), in her previous company ,the largest global datacentre business. Christel has now joined CTW as their Global Privacy Officer, and her immediate focus is to ensure that their global privacy program meet GDPR standards, wherever they operate.


Duncan Smith , Director, ICompli

A specialist consultant delivering cost-effective compliance solutions in the arena of information law, privacy and corporate social responsibility. He works closely with clients to implement practical, training and technology-led solutions to help manage both the legal and cultural risks associated with data-driven marketing and information management. He is an excellent keynote speaker and motivator of people who has delivered solutions to a wide cross section of UK industries in both the public and private sectors.

In developing and delivering his training courses, Duncan has earned a reputation for engaging and motivating staff in some of the ‘driest’ subject matters!

Carla Jones , Head of Event Strategy, Operations & Client Services, Haymarket Media

Carla and her team work on over 50 events each year for Haymarket Media Group varying in size and format, from breakfast briefings for ten to large scale events for over 800 in the UK, Europe, USA and the UAE. The conference operations team are responsible for everything from venue and supplier sourcing to providing exceptional levels of delegate, speaker and sponsor care. Prior to Haymarket, Carla held positions at Emap Conferences and Centaur Conferences in both operations and client services roles.

Zak Roby, Director, TMB Events

An expert in business with over 16 years of Agency experience, working within FMCG / Events / Senior Management environments, building an Agency start-up and working in the most challenging territories all over the world, has given Zak an ability to advise others on how to facilitate change, stimulate growth and bring in results to hit company targets.

With key skills around Sales and Sales Strategy, Public Speaking, Motivational Talks, Leadership Development and the Commercial Strategy sides of New Business Development, and having worked with some of the world's biggest and best known companies/brands both nationally and globally, gives Zak a strong commercial experience, whilst being able to guide and develop others successfully.

Richard Dutton, Director, Elias Partnership

Richard is a Cambridge law graduate with extensive senior executive commercial experience in the Charity, Retail, Leisure, Loyalty and Technology sectors. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing, a Member of the Institute of Fundraising and is an acknowledged innovator in the not for profit sector. He has UK and International experience of customer engagement strategies for major global brands as well as senior Non-Executive Director experience of a large NHS Hospital Foundation Trust, serving as Deputy Chairman, Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee. Richard is a Director of ELIAS Partnership, an independent business advisory service which includes offering elite legal opinion. ELIAS Partnership’s Chairman is Dean Armstrong QC, author of Cyber Security: Law and Practice and a leading legal authority on Cyber Law and the GDPR.