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Stephen Latham

Data Protection Programme Manager
Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Confirmed)

Stephen Latham has worked in a range knowledge and information management roles in the Civil Service over 26 years including appointments at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and HM Revenue and Customers. He is currently leading a programme of work to ensure that the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and its Executive Agencies comply with the new General Data Protection Regulation. His previous roles include Head of Knowledge and Information Management at Defra, where he was responsible for library and information services to Defra, Natural England and the Animal and Plant Health Agency. He is also currently Government Head of Profession for Knowledge and Information Management and leads work to develop the professional skills and capabilities of over 1000 knowledge and information management professionals working in central Government.

  • Leading a Programme of work to ensure that Defra and its Executive Agencies comply with the GDPR
  • Raising awareness among your organisation’s management to set the appropriate ‘tone from the top’
  • Identifying the personal information your organisation holds about employees, customers and suppliers and the level of risk associated
  • Checking your use of data is compliant and overcome misinformation concerning the requirement for consent
  • Ensuring data use is in line with the other GDPR principles, such as data minimization, storage limitation, and use in accordance with individuals’ rights