Heart of London Business Alliance will be holding its next Business Insights event on Tuesday 6 March 2018 at the Royal Society of Chemistry.

We warmly invite all our members to attend and interact at the event, which will gather thought leaders and experts to discuss the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Key discussion points will center around the legislation and what effects it may have on businesses. Breakfast and refreshments will be available.

Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018
Time: 8:00am – 10:30am
Location: Royal Society of Chemistry, Piccadilly

Please register your attendance in advance using the RSVP button on this page and join us as we explore this new legislation.

Our Panel of Experts

Madeline Bennett, Technology journalist and commentator
A media expert on GDPR, Madeline has regularly appeared on the BBC and Sky News commentating on the impact of GDPR. A technology journalist and commentator since 2000, covering everything from enterprise applications and regulation to skills, diversity and digital transformation. Prior to becoming a journalist, Madeline was an English teacher at a London secondary school. Madeline is a regular contributor to The Telegraph and diginomica, and a technology commentator on TV, radio and conferences, including CNN, Sky, BBC and Web Summit.

Julian Ward, Partner, Lee & Thompson
Julian is Head of Lee & Thompson’s Digital & Technology Group – a digital media, IP and technology lawyer with over 17 years’ experience working across the creative industries advising clients on all matters relating to digital content, interactive entertainment and digital publishing. Julian will discuss the legal implications of GDPR for businesses and what they need to consider with the new legislation coming into place.

Claire Blunt, CFO, Hearst Magazines UK 
Hearst is one of world’s biggest publishing houses, consumer data is a huge part of their marketing and communications strategies. Claire will discuss the measures that they have had to put in place to ensure that they are GDPR ready. Claire joined Hearst UK as its Chief Financial Officer in July 2015 with responsibility for shaping and directing the financial strategy of the business. Claire was made Chief Operating Officer in February 2017 and, in addition to her responsibilities as Chief Financial Officer, oversees several teams including operations, circulation and marketing, and business development. Claire is a qualified barrister and also a Chartered Accountant with over 10 years’ experience.

David Smith, Head of GDPR Technology, SAS Analytics UK&I
Dave joined SAS Analytics in 1999 and spent the first 10 years or so supporting Pharmaceutical organisations in their use of SAS Business and Software Solutions. Since that time, he has been focusing on Data Management across all industries, which inevitably means a great deal of time with big banks, although government, energy and healthcare also ensure there is never a dull moment. Dave sees GDPR as an opportunity for organisations to finally manage and govern their data properly.