About 2040

2040 Training is information rights training provided by Tim Turner.

Tim Turner has more than 15 years experience in information rights.

He has a Masters of Law in Information Rights from Northumbria University, the ISEB Certificates in Data Protection and Freedom of Information, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Information and Library Studies, and a B.A. (Hons) in English from King’s College (University of London).

Tim’s career in Information Rights started at the Information Commissioner’s Office as a Policy Manager on FOI issues, just after the 2000 FOI Act was passed. He worked with central and local government, wrote guidance and policies for the Commissioner and was a regular speaker at conferences and events.

He was DP & FOI Officer for two top-rated councils as well an Information Governance Manager for an NHS organisation.

He is a regular speaker for ActNow training, and has spoken at conferences organised by the IRMS, the Ark Group, UKEIG and Westminster Explained.

Before working on Information Rights, Tim worked as a cataloguer for the North West Film Archive (part of Manchester Metropolitan University) and Stockport Council.

Why 2040?

A friend suggested that the company should have been called Turner Information Training Services – an idea with an initial flaw. Another possibility was to call it 3T (Tim Turner Training), but that seemed too close to what was at the time a well-known technology magazine (T3). Getting sued for trademark infringement didn’t seem like an illustrious beginning. And so the name 2040 was born on a walk up a hill at Wasdale Head in the Lake District.

20 is the 20 working days that the FOI Act gives you to respond; 40 is the 40 days that the Data Protection Act gives you to respond to a subject access request. In this field, these are two crucial numbers. The 40 will be made redundant by the GDPR. Tim does not care about this. If you care about this, I envy you. The McDonald brothers sold their burger company after becoming successful but nobody complains about that. You don’t ask for a Big Kroc.