NADPO was formed in 1993, to act as a network for the sharing of best practice and ideas between professionals working in the public and private sectors who are responsible for data protection and information handling.

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NADPO seminar on Thurs 26 March 2015 (details sent to members by email) at Leicester - please note coincides with re-interment of Richard III remains at Leicester Cathedral - so easier to arrive by train (East Midlands line) than attempt to park!!!



Provisional Title

From 10am




Lynn Wyeth, Leicester City Council

Social Care and Health Integration: the challenges for data sharing





Rowenna Fielding, The Alzheimers Society

The flexible friend. - Legitimate Interest as a reason for processing.





13.45- 14.30

Sophie van der Zee, The Cambridge Computer Lab

Are your own thoughts still private? - Computers that read your mind





Chris Knight, Barrister, 11KBW Chambers

“Je Suis FOIA” : Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Information'


Chat/ networking


This year's Annual NADPO Conference and AGM will be held on 2nd November 2015, venue and programme to be announced later.  


Pre-book delegate places at our seminars and conferences by email - priority will be given to NADPO members, followed by members of the Data Protection Forum (with whom we have certain reciprocal arrangements). Remaining places will be offered to non-members at £50 each; if you wish to attend as NADPO or DPF member or as non-member guest please email

Membership costs £130 per year - to include at least 4 events and online access to our Members Forum.

View presentation slides from past events with your NADPO membership login & password at


STAN RAWLINS 1930-2013

It is with great sadness that we announce the recent death of Stan Rawlins, the founder of NADPO in 1993, and loyal supporter and member ever since.

Peter Driscoll, the then NADPO Chair, said "to those of us who knew Stan well it seems that it is the passing of an era".

Jonathan Bamford, Head of Strategic Liaison at the Information Commissioner’s Office, told NADPO “Stan made a real difference to the Data Protection landscape at national level with his vision and determination to set up NADPO and give Data Protection Officers a voice. That helped inform our current Data Protection law and the ICO's regulatory approach. The information rights community is the poorer for his passing”.

Martin Gibson, Data Protection Officer at Buckinghamshire County Council, and one of the longest-standing NADPO members, has provided a remembrance of Stan, which, with Martin's permission, we reproduce here.

"Stan was a lovely man and helped me to understand a complex and difficult piece of legislation back in the early days of data protection.

Back in 1992, I was appointed data protection officer at Buckinghamshire County Council. I was very wet behind the ears with no knowledge of the subject and my predecessor in the post said that data protection was ‘a piece of cake, you get a couple of requests a year, renew the registration every 3 years and that’s it’. He added that ‘if you really have any problems, Stan Rawlings at Berkshire County Council will put you right, there’s not much he doesn’t know’.

My predecessor was correct about Stan, there wasn’t much that he didn’t know and his practical advice always given patiently and generously to a confused rookie practitioner, was gratefully received. On the very odd occasion where Stan didn’t have the answer, he always had the contact number of the relevant individual at the Commissioner’s office who could help you through the problem. I learned a great deal from Stan about data protection and through his contacts, I learned a great deal more. I have many reasons for being grateful to him.

Stan set up the Southern Data Protection Officers Group and I remember travelling to the plush Berkshire County Council offices at Reading in the early 90s to listen to information professionals Stan had assembled which also invariably included a representative from the Commissioner’s office who was normally a much younger Jonathan Bamford to help guide us through the intricacies of this new legislation.

Stan was a regular visitor to the NADPO AGMs and I recall chatting to him every year about the old days and other colleagues we both knew. The fact that NADPO has survived and is still providing help and guidance to information professionals is testament to the commitment and vision of Stan back in the early days, long may his brainchild continue.

Stan was of immense help to me in my early days giving me advice or explaining which part of the legislation I needed to look at for the answer to my problem. Stan was warm and generous with his time and his knowledge, I shall miss him greatly".

Stan's family wanted to let members know the sad news, and have put out a request for any comments, references or stories about Stan. If anyone wishes to provide these please do so through the "contact us" link at the top of the page.

A funeral service was held at 12pm on Wednesday 27 November, at St John the Evangelist Church, Church Road, Woodley, Reading, RG5 4QN. Stan requested that there be family flowers only. Should anyone have a wish to make a donation, these may be made to the Berkshire Heart Failure Team (cheques payable to ‘Berkshire Health Charitable Funds’ with code KX095 on reverse). Alternatively Stan expressed a wish to have a seat placed at Woodford Park, which his family would like to organise in his memory. Donations to this may be made at the funeral or cheques made payable to ‘Mr B Rawlins – Park Seat’. All cheques to be sent c/o Richard Lloyd Funeral Services, 1-2 Coppice Road, Woodley. RG5 3RB.