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The Hive Live 2024

The second annual Hive Live conference is on Wednesday 2nd October 2024. Ideal for housing & other values-led sectors, and anyone working with data, we will focus on Data Posture and the need to Start With Purpose.

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE! The Hive Live 2024 was originally announced for Thursday 3rd October, but we had a booking issue, so it is now on WEDNESDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2024.

Read about the Hive Live 2023 by clicking here. It was a wonderful day of sharing knowledge, listening, learning, planning, and meeting friends old & new, in the interactive & engaging sessions. There was also time for a look around the fascinating Cosford Air Museum (where we are returning to for 2024!) and plenty of chances to network and make connections, before, during & after the day in-person, but also pre- and post-event with access to a private chat forum.

What people said about The Hive Live 2023

“Was a brilliant event, really well organised and was lovely to meet like minded people. Communication about the event was spot on and we found the video about getting there helpful. Thank you very much.”


“Excellent venue and a good sized group which allowed for relaxed and inclusive discussions.”

Hive Live 2023 attendee

Loved the event and would love to attend again, the only [thing] is just the distance, but I guess lots of others were probably closer! I’d definitely recommend it too. Thank you both for a great day :)”

Lauren Cannon, Information Governance Manager, VIVID

The Hive Live Team

We are delighted to announce our key presenter, Emma Martins, someone who is dedicated to highlighting the value of robust data protection practices, and starting with purpose in everything.

Emma is the former Data Protection Commissioner for the Bailiwick of Guernsey, and current Chief Commissioner at the Data and Marketing Commission (UK), amongst other roles. She is heading up the investigation into the Scottish Government’s use of WhatsApp messaging too.

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Although we know that data protection should start with “purpose”, we can’t forget how crucial data security is too. And Chris Roberts has a foot firmly in both camps. Through his company, Cybata, Chris provides leadership in Data Protection, GDPR and Cyber Security for Sports organisations, Charities and Health Tech. companies.

At the Hive Live 2024 we are excited to have Chris running an interactive workshop on cyber security, which will be fun but also give you really useful takeaways.

Who could be better to take the Hive Live 2024 on a journey to Mastering Data than the wonderful “RM Girl”, Emily Overton?

Emily is a Multi-Award Winning Records Management Nerd – her word! – and always brings fun as well as bags of insight to her sessions. RM Girl also designs and makes the most amazing T-shirts, hoodies and mugs for fellow Data Nerds! (Yes, Clare may well be wearing her RM Girl T-shirt to the Hive Live 2024, you’ll have to wait and see!)

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Cedric Speaking At The Hive Live

More details to follow soon, but we are delighted to announce we have Cédric Krummes and Emma Godfree presenting together at this year’s Hive Live on accessibility, in relation to data protection. This is a topic very close to the heart of all of us at CP Data Protection.

No one spins a metaphor better than Emma Godfree, and we’re over the moon she will be bringing her practical, and fun, approach to accessibility to the Hive Live 2024, presenting alongside Cédric Krummes .

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“That Data Guy” Brian Booden will be presenting on his expertise of simplifying data and data analytics! The Hive Live is not your standard conference. There is no death by PowerPoint; instead we focus on engaging interactive workshop sessions, and ensure you go away with actionable advice and practical ideas.

Clare Paterson, director and consultant at CP Data Protection. With over 25 years of experience in quality assurance and risk management, including over ten years specialising in data protection, and 12 years in-house at a large housing association, Clare launched CP Data Protection in 2017 to offer values-led sectors clear & practical advice on data protection, shining a light on the many benefits of good data management. Clare is excited that last year’s theme of Blocker to Builder is going from strength to strength in the data world.

Luke Beckley, Data Privacy, Data enablement and Data governance speaker and DPO is proudly co-hosting The Hive Live with CP Data Protection. As a Data Specialist harmonising Data Protection and Data driven transformation, Luke’s insights and experience of data management in its widest sense, as well as data protection, are invaluable when it comes to tackling Data Posture. Luke and Clare first presented together on the topic of Blocker to Builder in November 2022, which has almost taken on a life of its own in the world of data protection.

Frequently Asked Questions

A. No! Everyone is welcome and will benefit.

While there is a focus in social housing on the need to implement robust Knowledge & Information Management, as highlighted by the Housing Ombudsman’s Spotlight report, all sectors, especially values-led sectors and those adjacent to housing, will go away with useful ideas, knowledge, and new contacts.

Data Protection Officers will gain practical advice & ideas, but it is ideal for “non-DP” colleagues too (or even more so!), as we will cover all data, not just personal data.

A. The whole event, with speakers & interactive sessions (no break-out sessions, so no need to choose what to miss!), lunch, refreshments & parking onsite, plus access to a private chat forum pre- and post-event, is staying at the 2023 price of £165 (+VAT) per person.

Contact to discuss group discounts.

Attendees will have a chance to see the museum and get 20% off in the gift shop! There’s no accommodation onsite, but you can download information about travel & local hotels here.

A. You can book & pay here via Calendly, pay via Stripe with a credit/debit card, and you’ll get confirmation & reminder emails. If you can’t pay by card, or can’t pay straightaway but want to reserve a space, please use this link. Access to the chat forum is provided once payment is made. Please email us if you need to cancel; full refunds are given for 7 days after booking, then refunds are on a sliding scale, but we may use our discretion to refund more. Full T&Cs are here. You can also transfer your ticket for free.

A. Yes, you can reserve a space and you’ll get reminder emails, so you can book today and pay when you receive the invoice.

Use this link too if you have a discount code (N.B. Early Bird discounts are applied automatically, so you don’t need a code for those discounts. This is just for any additional discount codes you may have.)

(Ignore the fact the reservation page says the event is 30 mins long, starting at 8.30am, it’s a tech thing!)

Access to the chat forum is provided once payment is made, and we can’t guarantee that you will definitely get a space until payment is made.

Please email us if you need to cancel; full refunds are given for 7 days after booking, then refunds are on a sliding scale, but we may use our discretion to refund more. Full T&Cs are here. You can also transfer your ticket for free.

A. Absolutely.
We feel very strongly about inclusion, and understand the challenges of having dietary needs to accommodate.

Please contact or to discuss your needs in confidence and we will do everything we can to ensure you can enjoy The Hive Live event.

A. We have pulled together some information on travel to Cosford, which is centrally located, and nearby hotels and B&Bs, which you can find here, or you can download here.

Please contact or to discuss any specific needs or queries in confidence and we will do everything we can to ensure you can enjoy The Hive Live event.

A. The Hive Live is hosted by people with real experience in the world of data, especially customer data, and in the world of social housing and other values-led sectors.

We aren’t trying to sell you anything, just aiming to provide an event that gives maximum value in the form of actionable advice and networking; the type of event we would love to attend ourselves.

The Hive Live isn’t just for Data Protection professionals either; it’s for everyone working with and in data…and that means (just about) everyone! Customer facing, or behind the scenes, working with employees or suppliers, we all handle knowledge & information (a.k.a. data), and senior leaders – in social housing especially – need to be “clear about the importance of knowledge and information management, and their standards and expectations.” (Housing Ombudsman.)

Travel & Accommodation

Click here to download a copy of this Travel & Accommodation Information


RAF Museum Midlands (Cosford)

Lysander Avenue, Cosford, TF11 8UP

Getting to the Cosford Air Museum

By Road

Cosford is centrally located with good motorway access:

If you’re coming from the north, leave M6 at junction 12 and follow A5 west.

From the south, leave M6 at junction 10a onto the M54 west to junction 3 towards Wolverhampton.

The Museum is only thirty minutes from the centre of Birmingham and ten minutes from Telford.

There is a large car park on site, which is free for the Hive Live attendees – you don’t need to get a ticket from the car park machine, we will give you a parking pass when you arrive at the conference registration desk.

The Museum also has brown and white tourism direction signs labelled ‘RAF Museum’.

There is a height restriction of 13ft (3.9 metres) under the railway bridge approaching the airfield.

Click here for the map on the Cosford Museum website.

Click here to watch a short video of driving from the motorway to the Museum entrance. (Opens in YouTube)

By Rail

Cosford is located on the Birmingham to Shrewsbury line (via Wolverhampton) then ½ mile walk. (There is no footpath alongside the road.)

Please check timetable and with rail operators including West Midlands Railway before visiting as Cosford station is unmanned with flights of steps from both platforms.

Please let us know if you require transport from the station (or bus stop – below) and we will arrange it.

By Bus

The nearest bus stop is the Cosford Garage, approximately a 1 mile walk to the Museum gates.

Please let us know if you require transport from the bus stop and we will arrange it.

By Cycle

The Museum is conveniently located along National Cycle Route 81 which runs from Wellington to Albrighton. Cycle racks are situated next to the Museum Visitor Centre.

Hotels nearby

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Airbnb options near Cosford

Shifnal is a picturesque old town, 3 miles away from Cosford, with a few hotels and guest houses.
Albrighton is similar, which is the next village along from Cosford.

Telford is a large town with shopping, restaurants, cinema, and a park, with several hotels, including Premier Inns, about 15 minutes drive (9 miles) away from the museum.

Places to eat nearby

Many of the above hotels have their own restaurant, however there are some additional venues in the area, as below, as well as several restaurants in Telford town centre: In Albrighton (confusingly, not Shrewsbury!) This is where we went after the Hive Live 2023. In Shifnal Near Albrighton