Monday, December 19, 2005

FOI Live 2006

Fourth Annual Information Conference: FOI Live 2006

Thursday 25 May 2006
Millennium Conference Centre, Kensington, London

Book by Friday, 3 March 2006 and receive a £50 discount

The Constitution Unit, Department of Constitutional Affairs and Information Commissioner's Office invite you to attend the biggest FOI event of the calendar year: FOI Live 2006. Last year's conference attracted 340 delegates and feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

This year's programme offers talks by top government officials and information legislation experts in the UK, as well as presentations by three overseas information comissioners. Plenary and parallel-plenary sessions include sector-specific (central government, local government and NHS) as well as topic-specific talks and panel discussions. Throughout the day you will explore answers to the following questions (and many more!): How do you navigate the complexities of the various pieces of information-related legislation? What are the challenges that continue to hinder your work as a practitioner? What lessons has your authority gleaned from responding to requests during this initial implementation period? What can you learn from the experiences of other public bodies? Rounding out the day’s programme is a drinks reception during which delegates will be able to network and chat informally with the day’s speakers.

Speakers include:
·Richard Thomas, Information Commissioner
·Alex Allan, Permanent Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs
·Clare Moriarty, Constitution Director, Department for Constitutional Affairs
·Graham Smith, Deputy Information Commissioner
·Steve Bailey, Records and Information Manager, Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)
·Paul Brooks, Chief Inspector, Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
·Judith Cullen, Head of the Environmental Information Unit, DEFRA
·Gifty Edila, Director of Law and Administration, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
·Phil Michaels, Solicitor, Friends of the Earth
·Jonathan Montgomery, Chair of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Strategic Health Authority
·Carol Tullo, Director, Office of Public Sector Information
·Marcus Turle, Solicitor, Field Fisher Waterhouse

International Commissioners
·Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner of Canada
·Alexander Dix, Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information
·NataĊĦa Pirc Musar, Commissioner for Access to Public Information, Republic of Slovenia

Places for the conference are limited so please book soon. For more information about the conference and to reserve your place, please visit

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