Privacy Statement

This privacy statement outlines how Women of the Year collects, processes, and stores your personal data in accordance with our legal obligations. Women of the Year are committed to protecting your privacy online and maintaining the security of any personal information which we receive from you and this Statement sets out the purposes for which we process your personal data, who we share it with, what rights you have in relation to that data and any other key information we feel it is important for you to know.

Who is in control of your data?

We are Women of the Year (which includes Women of the Year Foundation)

  • Our registered office address is c/o Diane Coyne, Brewers’ Hall, Aldermanbury Square, London, EC2V 7HR
  • Our registered company number is: 03524013

Women of the Year may from time to time be the “controller” of all personal data collected and used for the purposes of providing and promoting our services.

This means that we are responsible for deciding how and why your data is used and for ensuring that your data is handled legally and safely.

Where do we collect data from?

We collect data from you in a variety of ways including the following:

  • when you complete an online form;
  • when you subscribe to the Women of the Year newsletter;
  • when we contact you to inform you that you are invited to attend the Women of the Year lunch;
  • when you make an enquiry through the Women of the Year website;
  • when you subscribe to the Women of the Year Foundation and/or any of our Alumnae events;
  • when you enter a competition (for example, by providing a business card);
  • when you complete a feedback form, questionnaire or survey.

What personal data do we collect and why do we collect it?

We collect the following personal data about you and use it for the following purposes:

  • When you complete a form on the website, we collect your full name, address, email address, telephone number, the company you are from and details about your enquiry. We will also collect any additional personal data you choose to send to us as part of your enquiry. If you contact us on social media, we will also collect your social media handle.
  • In the event that you provide your data to us for the purposes of attending an event including a meal, we will we will need to ask you for your dietary needs before the event so that we can ensure that we provide appropriate meals.
  • When you enter a competition, we may collect your full name, email address, telephone number and any other personal data which you submit as part of the competition (for example, your work address if this appears on your business card in a business card raffle).
  • When you complete a customer feedback form, questionnaire or survey, we collect your name, address, email address, telephone number, gender, dietary requirements and any feedback or information you provide about your experience.

Some personal data is designated as “special category” personal data. This is personal data which is subject to higher levels of protection because it is more sensitive. This includes information about health, race, religion and political opinions. We don’t usually collect any special category data, but we do need to know about any dietary requirements that you or any guests have. Usually this will only tell us what food is required (e.g. “gluten-free” or “no pork”) but occasionally it might include some special category data (e.g. “coeliac disease”). You should note the following points specifically about this type of data:

  • We will only use this data to make sure you are provided with a safe and suitable meal for you. Usually this is only used in conjunction with your name so that we know who needs to be served with a particular meal.
  • If you are providing dietary requirements about yourself or anyone else, where possible you should only tell us the food required and not any information about the reason for the food being required.
  • If you do give us information about the reason for the food being required and this reveals a health issue or your or someone else’s religion, you should make sure that you and/or that other person are aware of the fact that we will process this data and happy for us to do so.

What do we use your personal data for?

We use your personal data for the following purposes:

To send you newsletters and information about Women of the Year events;

  • to fulfil alumnae events or lectures, respond to enquiries and correspondence and to provide our services to you;
  • to ensure we can provide you with a safe and suitable meal where the event includes refreshments;
  • to enable you to participate in competitions that you enter and to fulfil those competitions (for example, we use your email address to contact you if you win a prize);
  • to improve the way we do things (for example, we use feedback gathered through feedback forms, questionnaires and surveys to see what you might like or didn’t like about our services so that we can act on this feedback); and
  • to communicate with you about your event or an event you are attending.

Where we hold your email address, we use this to contact you with information about our services that we think that you will be interested in. We will ask you for your consent and/or give you an opportunity to opt out of receiving such communications when we collect your information. You can change your mind at any time and object to receiving such communications by clicking the “Unsubscribe” link in each email. We also use telephone numbers that we hold to market and promote our services by telephone. You can let us know at any time if you do not wish to receive further calls by telling the person who calls you.

What is our legal basis for using your personal data?

Where we process your personal data for the purposes of fulfilling an event which you have subscribed to and corresponding with you in relation to that event, we do this on the basis that it is necessary to perform our contract with you to provide our services. Similarly, if you make an enquiry about an event and we process your personal data in order to communicate with you regarding your enquiry, we do this on the basis that it is necessary to take steps at your request prior to you attending the event.

For all other purposes listed above, we process your personal data on the basis that it is in our legitimate interests to do so. The legitimate interests that we rely on are as follows:

  • We have a legitimate interest in responding to any queries, comments and correspondence that you send to us so that we can ensure we provide a high standard of service and a good impression of Women of the Year to anyone who gets in touch with us.
  • We have a legitimate interest in running competitions in order to promote Women of the Year.
  • We have a legitimate interest in collecting customer feedback so that we can continue to improve our services.
  • We need to know guests’ dietary requirements as we have a legitimate interest in ensuring appropriate meals are provided for all guests where refreshments are provided.
  • We have a legitimate interest in using personal data for marketing purposes so that we can promote Women of the Year.

You have a legal right to object to us using your personal data where we process your data on the basis of our legitimate interests. To object to marketing, you can respond to our emails and confirm “Unsubscribe” or tell the Women of the Year representative making a call to you or email Gill Branston at hello@womenoftheyear.co.uk. To object to all other uses set out above, you can either choose not to provide us with the data in the first place (e.g. by not entering a competition or completing a feedback form anonymously) or you can email hello@womenoftheyear.co.uk. We may not always be required to stop processing your data if we have compelling legitimate reasons to continue to do so.

Who do we share your personal data with?

We need to share your personal data with some third parties in some circumstances. This includes where we use third party suppliers to perform various services for us, such as the hotel where we host the Lunch.

We will also share your personal data with third parties in the following circumstances:

  • where you have specifically consented to us sharing your data with a particular third party;
  • where we are required or permitted to do so by law or to protect or enforce our rights or the rights of any third party; and
  • if our company or any part of it is acquired by a third party, in which case we will need to share your personal data with that third party.

If we hold your personal data as a result of a relationship or potential relationship with the business that you work for, your business details will be stored in our client relationship management system.

We do not transfer or store your personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA). If we do transfer your data outside the EEA, we will inform you and we will ensure that equivalent protections to those in the UK are put in place to protect your personal data.

How long do we keep your personal data for?

We will keep all your personal data for up to 6 years from our last event or contract with you, or if we feel that your personal data is not needed for such a period of time we will delete your personal data sooner.

What rights do you have?

You have a number of rights under data protection law. These rights and how you can exercise them are set out in this section. We will normally need to ask you for proof of your identity before we can respond to a request to exercise any of the rights in this section and we may need to ask you for more information, for example to help us to locate the personal data that your request relates to.

We will respond to any requests to exercise your rights as soon as we can and in any event within one month of receiving your request and any necessary proof of identity or further information.

If you have any specific or privacy concerns you can contact Gill Branston on hello@womenoftheyear.co.uk or write to Gill Branston at c/o Diane Coyne, Brewers’ Hall, Aldermanbury Square, London, EC2V 7HR

The rights you have are as follows:

  • a right to access your information (subject to some exceptions);
  • a right to receive an electronic copy of the information that we use to fulfil your event and/or respond to event enquiries and to ask us to send that information to a third party if it is technically possible to do so;
  • a right to object to us processing your information where we rely on our legitimate interests as the basis of our processing. If we have compelling legitimate grounds to carry on processing your personal data, we will be able to continue to do so;
  • a right to have inaccurate personal data corrected;
  • a right to have your data erased in certain circumstances, for example if we no longer need your data or we have processed your data unlawfully; and
  • a right to have processing of your data restricted in certain circumstances, for example if you think the data is inaccurate and we need to verify its accuracy. “Restricting” personal data means that we only store it and don’t carry out any further processing on it unless you consent or we need to process the data to exercise a legal claim or protect a third party or the public.

How can you contact us?

If you have any questions or concerns about this Privacy Statement and/or our processing of your personal data, please write to Gill Branston, c/o Diane Coyne, Brewers’ Hall, Aldermanbury Square, London, EC2V 7HR.

What if you have a complaint?

You have a right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Officer (ICO), which regulates data protection compliance in the UK, if you are unhappy with how Women of the Year have processed your personal data.
You can find out how to do this by visiting www.ico.org.uk.

What if this Privacy Statement changes?

We may make changes to this Privacy Statement from time to time. Any changes we make will be posted on this website. We may also notify you by email if significant changes are made.