Alan Shipman

Managing Director, Group 5 Training Limited

Alan Shipman is Managing Director and Principal Consultant for Group 5 Training Limited, a leading independent consortium of technical experts and consultants providing practical guidance on the implementation of Information Management Systems. Group 5 Training specialise in the application of the British Standard Specification for Evidential Weight and Legal Admissibility of Electronic Information (BS 10008), for achieving real business benefits, with particular emphasis on management policies and operational procedures, in both traditional and e-commerce environments. They also provide consultancy services relating to the practical implementation of the Data Protection Act 1998, to the International Standard on Records Management (ISO 15489) and to the BS ISO 27000 series (Information Security Management). Alan has been involved in Document Management Standards for over 30 years, specialising in user aspects. He is Chairman of the BSI Document Management Applications committee, and is Chairperson of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) Document Management Applications technical committee. He is a member of the UKAIIM Standards Committee, having previously acted as chairman for over 5 years. He received the Master of Information Technology award from the Association of Information and Image Management International in 1998, and was awarded their Standards Excellence Award in 1999. In 2009 he was awarded the AIIM Distinguished Service Award for his work in International Standards. In 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Information and Records Management Society. Alan acted on behalf of BSI as Editor for the 'Legal Admissibility' Code of Practice (BSI PD 0008), combining work from the leading vendor and user groups (CSF, IDMA, RMS and UKAIIM) into the final publication. He then worked as author and editor on the second, third, fourth and fifth editions (BIP 0008) of the Code, with their wider scopes and applications. He also acted as author and editor for the 2005 extension of BIP 0008, dealing with information communicated electronically (BIP 0008-2) and linking electronic identity to documents (BIP 0008-3), for use with e-commerce and other electronic information systems. More recently, he acted as the subject expert for the development of first (2008) and second (2014) editions of BS 10008 Specification for Evidential Weight and Legal Admissibility of Electronic Information. Group 5 Training was commissioned by BSI to develop the various editions of the Compliance Workbook (BIP 0009). This takes you step-by-step through an evaluation of the system. It is also invaluable tools when used to document compliance with BS 10008 and with the Code of Practice (BIP 0008). Alan also chairs the BSI Identity Management and Privacy Technologies sub-committee, which is part of the Information Security committee. This sub-committee is responsible developing the UK view on a number of ISO/IEC and CEN projects dealing with identity and privacy matters. This includes work on Privacy Impact Assessments, Privacy by Design and the development of an extension to ISO 27001 to include the management of personal information on a world-wide platform. Alan acted as editor for the British Standard (BS 10012:2014) which is a specification for a management system which enables organisations to demonstrate compliance with data protection legislation, including the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Alan is a regular speaker at events run by organisations and associations in the archives and records management, educational, engineering, heath care, financial, legal, local government and system supplier fields, as well as at national events such as the Information and Records Management Society conference.


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