Our Blackstraw team is Richard Newell, who is a data protection professional and Sarah Newell, an experienced Practice Manager. Richard already provides IG training as part of his role as Data Protection Officer for a number of practices in West Sussex & Kent, and discussions over the dinner table led us to realise that there was a need for statutory and mandatory training in a more personalised and face to face way that compliments online learning.




An experienced Information Governance professional, Richard has spent the majority of his career working in data processing & privacy; supporting organisations across healthcare, charity, technology and financial service sectors. Throughout his career Richard has gained numerous accreditations and is a member of the International Association of Privacy Professional (IAPP), NADPO & IRMS, and provides not only training in IG/Data Protection, but also offers full IG Audits for organisations nationwide.

Richard is a firm believer in engaging on an operational level and taking a risk based, pragmatic approach. He takes pride in educating & training staff, (there is a difference); providing real world, workable solutions to a wide range of challenges. Richard is a keen commentator on data protection and privacy matters and is a member of the Sussex-Wide Information Governance Group for Health & Social Care (swiGg).

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  • Blackstraw Training is a Division of:
    The Data Factory (UK) Ltd
    Registered in England
    Company No.04161217
    VAT No.815 6950 13
    ICO Registration: Z8605788