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.

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Richard

Introduction

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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Sarah

Introduction

An experienced and accredited Practice Manager (DipPCHM): Sarah has worked in General Practice for over 15 years. Before becoming a Practice Manager, Sarah held several roles in primary care, so understands the daily challenges that both staff and management face.

As a Practice Manager, a large part of Sarah’s motivation has always been to help colleagues and staff achieve their goals and reach their full potential and hopes that she can bring this enthusiasm to training. Statutory and mandatory training is more often than not seen as a ‘tick box’ exercise by staff, and although this may be true, she hopes that her training sessions will prove to be informative, and relaxed so that participants come away having had chance to swap stories and situations and learn with team members and colleagues. 

Sarah also holds advanced ILM and NCFE certificates for training.