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Are you GDPR Ready? – The key points that your charity needs to know to be ready for the changes

Are you GDPR Ready? – The key points that your charity needs to know to be ready for the changes
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 17:30 to 19:00
CO3, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast, BT2 7DB

On 25 May 2018 all organisations will have to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This provides a great opportunity for organisations to review their current practices in relation to data protection.

As a professional services provider VIable Corporate Services delivers compliance in the back office and will share that knowledge with you to empower your organisations to respond to the opportunity of GDPR. Topics covered will include HR, Payroll, Marketing, Fundraising and IT; providing you with practical guidance in implementing data protection in your organisation and in relation to governance.

Colin M Harper, CEO Camphill Communities Trust (NI) will provide a background to the new regulation and discuss his role in implementing this within his own organisation from a governance perspective.

This interactive workshop will provide you with a platform to ask all the questions that you may have in regard to GDPR. 

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

  • Introduction to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Key Definitions
  • Types of Personal Data
  • Legitimate Reasons for processing Personal Data
  • Good GDPR Governance

GDPR Roadmap for your organisation – 5 step plan

  • HR
  • Bookkeeping
  • Payroll
  • Programmes
  • IT

Governance and Compliance

  • Governance Dashboard
  • Key questions from a governance perspective

Annette Greer, BA Hons, MSc


Having started her career in the manufacturing sector in Northern Ireland Annette relocated to North America in 2005. As a former Vice President with Invest NI in San Francisco, she was responsible for managing Invest NI’s efforts to secure investment into N. Ireland and develop trade opportunities between large US corporates and N. Ireland indigenous companies.  In 2010 she became Director of Development with the Open Door Group in Vancouver, Canada, one of Canada’s leading non-profit organisations dedicated to providing employment, education and leisure programs to a variety of populations including Persons with Disabilities, Immigrants, Aboriginal, Women and Youth. Amongst her accomplishments with Open Door Group Annette secured a $125 million contract in government funding to deliver services through a partner network of over thirty organisations on behalf of the Canadian Government. Annette also led a team of professionals dedicated to ensuring the successful implementation and delivery of these services.


Since returning to Northern Ireland in 2015 Annette has led VIable Corporate Services as Chief Executive Officer developing the organisation to deliver a range of professional back office services including Human Resources, Bookkeeping, Payroll, Procurement and Strategy. VIable has grown significantly since 2015 and currently delivers services to a range of 3rd Sector organisations across Northern Ireland with all profits from VIable being re-invested by shareholders Voice of Young People in Care (VOYPIC) and Include Youth to assist them in delivering improved services to their young people.  VIable is focused on scaling the efficiencies of out sourcing professional back office services to third sector organisations. This approach to back office services ensures that clients receive value for money as well as create efficiencies in allocating finite human resources by upskilling inhouse teams and focusing on delivering outcomes to their clients. Annette is currently working with over 15 community agencies on their GDPR roadmap and implementing practical guidance on complying with GDPR.


Colin M Harper


Colin is currently CEO of the Camphill Communities Trust (NI) which provides spaces for sharing life and work in which others strive to build fully inclusive communities.

He has held a wide range of academic and voluntary sector roles, including as a trustee of a UK wide charity and of his local community association.

Colin worked for 4 years on a European Commission funded project to develop European Standards on Confidentiality and Privacy in Healthcare amongst vulnerable patient groups. This involved producing coherent guidance for European healthcare professionals reflecting the requirements of professional ethics, the common law, international human rights law, the EU Data Protection Directive, and various national laws, including those relating to data protection. 

Since then Colin has continued work on informational privacy in health and social care, including: drafting the NI Code of Practice on Protecting the Confidentiality of Service User Information; producing an online course on this Code; producing an online course for the Royal College of Psychiatrists based on their professional guidance; and serving as a member of the Ethics and Confidentiality Committee (Department of Health, England and Wales). He also carried out extensive work in support of the development of the Health and Social Care (Control of Data Processing) Act (Northern Ireland) 2016.

He is currently a member of the Privacy Advisory Committee of the Department of Health Northern Ireland.