To celebrate our 10th anniversary, we're doing a focus on 10 staff members to learn more about the people who make Veritau what it is. Each day this week and next, you’ll see a profile about one of the team, from across our different service areas.
Hayley is a Trainee Information Governance Officer and has been with Veritau for nearly a year. She studied Law at Teesside University, and then trained to become a teacher, but found that the job wasn’t for her. This prompted her to look for a change in career. Information governance was a totally different role from anything she had seen, but it aligned with her skills and allowed a different way to use her legal knowledge. “As soon as I saw this job, I knew I was for me!” Hayley has a keen interest in rights and found this an excellent way to pursue that, by becoming a specialist in protecting the rights of data subjects. She was attracted to the training scheme and opportunity to develop a profession.
Hayley is part-way through her training, having gained practitioner-level certificates in Data Protection (GDPR) and Freedom of Information, from the British Computing Society. Data Protection was her favourite course, as the area is more open to interpretation with many parts to explore. Hayley really enjoys helping people with these requests, as it can have a positive impact on people’s lives and building their own identity (for instance, requests from people who have spent time in children’s social care wanting to know more about their background). She is due to sit the third qualification, Information Security, later this year.
GDPR requires public bodies to have an appointed Data Protection Officer (DPO), and Veritau provides this service to nearly 500 schools. The DPO service has grown massively, and Hayley says trainees have all taken a more active role in this, going out to visit schools. Hayley really enjoys the schools work, which forms a large part of her job. “GDPR had a big impact on schools, and it’s great to visit them, meet lots of different people, and help them make sure they have the right arrangements in place.”
Hayley feels very involved and valued at Veritau. She says the trainee scheme has really built on her confidence, on a personal level and as a professional in the field of information governance.