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. Last week we had focuses on five members of staff, which continues this week with another five from our different service areas.
Now a Senior Information Governance Officer, Matt has been with Veritau for three and a half years, beginning as a trainee in the information governance team. He studied History at Canterbury Christ Church University to Masters level, with a focus on Tudor and Stuart history. Matt had never heard of information governance before seeing this role! He was looking for graduate schemes and spotted Veritau’s training programme, noting that he had transferrable skills from his degree and customer service experience working in hotels and restaurants. Information governance was something completely new.
Matt has three qualifications from the British Computing Society (BCS), in Data Protection (with GDPR update), Freedom of Information, and Information Security. He says that he uses knowledge from the Data Protection course on a day-to-day basis, and finds this the most interesting area of the job. Matt’s passion is legislation; reading and interpreting it as required for different situations.“I love being able to find a lawful basis to facilitate a project which you know is going to help members of the public.”
When Matt started at Veritau there were four people in the Information Governance team – now there are 13. The service has changed considerably as client needs have increased with the new legislation. The team provides Data Protection Officer services to nearly 500 schools and it is thought to be one of the biggest education sector DPO services in the country.
The size and unique positioning of our company is something that Matt really values, being small enough to be personal and have the ability to speak with the director whenever needed without feeling uncomfortable. Matt has recently moved to Oxfordshire and has taken full advantage of the flexible working that Veritau offers. He works from home most of the time, using video conferencing software, and travelling back to North Yorkshire if needed. “I feel that this is reflective of Veritau as an employer, aiming to better people.”