Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information


The following individuals have successfully gained the Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information ("PC.foi.") - ordered alphabetically by first name.


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Aaron Jamison
Abi Robertson
Adele Rhodes-Girling
Ajmal Afzal
Alan Martin
Alannah Carey Bates
Alex Tindle
Amanda Buckingham
Amy Gelsthorpe-Hill
Amy Hutchings
Amy Le-Milliere-Tinney
Amy Moss
Anabel Raszpla
Andrea Dow
Andrew Lock
Andy Jennings
Angela Sanderson
Angharad Morgan
Anne Ryan
Anne-Marie Field
Answer Styannes
Anthony Doole
Anuriti Najran-Matharu
April Heasman
Barbara Tyldesley
Bethany Oyston
Brian Wilson
Bryan Rylands
Carl Thompson
Callum Newell
Carly Williamson
Caroline Griffiths
Caroline Wilson
Cath Murray
Catherine Adler
Charlene Haynes
Charlene Roberts
Chris Earle
Christine Gledhill
Christine Paciorek
Christopher Gourley
Claire Buller
Claire Finlay
Claire Gascoigne
Claire Jacobs
Clara Smith
Clare Chatfield
Colin Evans
Conor Gregan
Craig Russell
Dafydd Tudur
Dan Haigh
Daniel Howard
Danielle Kelbrick
David Brewster
David Ogden
David Wells
Dawn Pelle
Debora Bunce
Deborah Pullen
Delia Bean
Diane Lambert
Dominic Mallinder
Doric McMillan
Drew Swinerd
Dumi Williams
Dylan Beckbridge
Eleanor Johnson Ward
Elinor Rowing
Elizabeth Harper
Elizabeth Marriott
Emily Griffiths
Emma Bland
Emma Herbert
Emma Lui
Esther Parker-Duber
Fin MacEwan
Fiona Woollard
Garry Dando
Gemma Cook
Gemma Thomas
Gillian Forde
Grace Perry
Graeme Napier
Graham Kane
Graham Ostle
Hannah Puttock
Hannah Wilkinson
Harish Sehdev
Hayden Glassey
Hayley Silverwood
Heather Rudd
Heena Rabadia
Heidi-Anne O’Neill
Heledd Thomas
Helen Douglas
Helen McGlown
Helen Moore
Hilary McEwan
Hilda Wiredu
Humaira Shahzad
Ian Hanley
Ingrid Howard
Jack Gibson
James Courthold
James Dixon
James Filus
James Harrington
James Hayes
James Mylott
Jan Clements
Jan Provost
Jane Davy
Jane Hay
Jane Ivey
Janet Millar
Jason Outerbridge
Jason Riches
Jeffrey Prescott
Jennifer Rochfort
Jenny Borritt
Jessica Hetherington
Jo Brooks
Jo Murphy
Joanna Wallis
John Pierce
Jonathan Ball
Joseph Payne
Josephine Bailey
Josephine Organ-Jennings
Josie Convery
Joyce Brown
Judy Gough
Julia Harries
Julia Snape
Julie Hodgson
Julie Johnson
Karen McMullan
Karen Morris
Karen Tolson
Kate Tregale
Kath Drury
Katharine Espley
Katherine O’Hare
Katie Diong
Kelly Chicken
Kevin Spedding
Kevin Winter
Kim Starbuck
Ksymena Okonska
Lance Chase
Lauren Coldwell
Lauren Martin
Leanne Owen
Lee Gardiner
Leila Ridley
Liam Carroll
Lindsay Oakes
Lisa Kelly
Lisa Smith
Liz Futcher
Liz Merrin
Louis May
Louisa Gosling
Louise Booker
Louise Gormley
Louise Smith
Louise Sylver
Lucy Breakspere
Lucy Martin
Lyndsay Scott
Lynne Trickett
Madeline Jeffries
Malcolm Bacon
Manjit Kolotia
Margaret Gibson
Marie Romano
Marilyn Kamanyire
Marina Koltsova
Mark Reynolds
Mark Scallan
Mark Stevens
Mary Betts-Gray
Matthew Collinson
Matthew Ford
Matthew Garland
Matthew Lambert
Matthew McCoig-Lees 
Maurizio Renesto
Melanie Augusto
Michael Leahy
Michael Speight
Michael Thompson
Miles Burger
Natalie Stockmann
Nathan Dibsdale
Nathan Godfrey
Niall McGrath
Nicola Giles
Nigel Roderick
Nima Dorjee
Niyi Ajayi
Nsekanji Pelekamoyo
Ola Adeniran
Olenka Cogias
Olivia Arasakesary
Paul Rooke
Pete Ward
Peter Reid
Pippa Thompson
Piri Norris
Rachael Strand
Rachel Keogh
Rachel Neville
Ravinder Singh
Rebecca Summers
Rhian Williams
Rhys Howroyd
Richard Barton
Richard Carter
Richard Haynes
Richard Sibun
Rima Dapous
Robert Bachelor
Rose Mary Johnston
Ruth Benny
Ruth Dickinson Higham
Sadie Jones
Salma Rahman
Sam Mason
Samantha Bloxham
Samantha Collenette
Samantha Donigan
Sara Thomas
Sarah Cates
Sarah Smith
Sheila Bickerton
Sophie Jerrum
Steph Turner
Stephen Sermon
Stephen Tautz
Stephen Taylor
Stephen Wilson
Steve Alexander
Steve Whiffen
Steven Gardner
Stuart Bratton
Sue Thompson
Susan Browne
Suzanne Bluff
Tahira Rasool
Tamrin McGowan
Tara Appleton
Teresa Evans
Teresa Wilmhurst
Tim Milgate
Tom Clifford
Tuyet Ma
Victoria Morel
Victoria Parnham
Wayne Gorman
Wendy Stevens
Will Lidbetter

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"I found the qualification programme very easy to navigate and work through, and was thankful for the advantages of the distance learning format – i.e. being able to re-visit the materials whenever wished."
Eleanor Johnson Ward
FOI Assessor
The National Archives


"The eLearning programme was intense, challenging and there was a lot to get through, but I enjoyed it. The materials were excellent and very detailed - to university standard. The speakers were extremely knowledgeable, their expertise coupled with the written material made each section of the course easy to comprehend."
Dawn Pelle
London Borough of Islington


"I am very pleased to have achieved the Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information. The programme provides excellent knowledge and understanding on the practical applications of handling requests for information"
Louise Smith
Information Rights Officer
Financial Ombudsman Service


"I am thrilled to have passed PDP's Practitioner Certificate in FOI and joined the ranks of a qualified FOI Practitioner. My knowledge of FOI, DPA and EIR has increased immensely and I feel so much more confident in dealing with requests as well as running inductions. I now feel that I belong in my role."
Anabel Raszpla
Senior Information Officer
Medical Research Council


"I am extremely pleased to have achieved the Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information. The four day course was extremely informative and provided me with a large amount of information on the practical application of the Act, it really helped to fill the gaps. I would highly recommend this course to those working with FOI on a day to day basis."
Daniel Howard
Access to Information Officer
Electoral Commission


"I really enjoyed FOI practitioner programme - the tutors were real experts in their field. They went above and beyond to answer your questions and help you understand the material."
Michael Speight
Compliance Officer


"A very worthwhile qualification which I wholeheartedly recommend to colleagues"
Barbara Tyldesley
Data & Information Technical Specialist
The Environment Agency


“I am so pleased to have passed the Practitioner Certificate in FOI. The 4 day course was excellent and I am now confident in my role as FOI Officer for Social Services. The course has helped me develop my skills and knowledge of FOI/EIR and DP and I would encourage anyone working in this area to attend.”
Rachael Strand
Freedom of Information Officer
Flintshire County Council


“The Practitioner Certificate in FOI was an excellent opportunity to receive specialised training and gain a recognised qualification. In particular, I found the instructors to be both knowledgeable and engaging. As a regulator in an overseas territory, I was easily able to translate the learning into practice. I have and do encourage other FOI practitioners to take advantage of this training programme.”
Clara Smith
Appeals & Compliance Analyst
Information Commissioner’s Office (Grand Cayman)


"I am delighted to have passed my examination, achieving this qualification and attending the courses have been a very positive experience which have boosted my confidence and enthusiasm for this subject. I found the courses very informative and the course handout binders are an excellent reference tool which is very relevant to the workplace."
Julie Johnson
Freedom of Information Officer
Durham County Council


"I’m delighted to have passed the exam; it was hard work preparing for an exam, having not sat one for over 10 years, but the course materials really helped structure my revision. Passing has increased my confidence in dealing with the Act which will be of benefit to myself as well as my organisation."
Heledd Thomas
Senior Corporate Governance Officer
Comisiynydd y Gymraeg


“I found this to be a comprehensive course, which was well structured to be relevant and of interest to everyone from FOI beginners to more seasoned practitioners. The course tutors were very knowledgeable and clearly very interested in their respective topic areas, and the course was similarly detailed and well-taught."
Mark Reynolds
Data Privacy Legal Counsel


"I’m thrilled to have gained this qualification. FOI can be a complicated area to understand and apply, but the tutors were excellent in bringing it to life in an interesting way."
Angela Sanderson
Corporate Advisor
Big Lottery Fund


“I’ve been managing FOI and EIR requests since 2005 and I learnt so much from this qualification programme! I enjoyed the modules, the videos were really informative and I found the way the legislation was explained was easy to understand. The test at the end of each section was really useful.”
Sue Marriott
Data Protection Officer
Basildon Council


“The Practitioner’s Certificate has equipped me with the knowledge and confidence to undertake my role. I found the courses well presented and easy to follow. The case studies are particularly useful, as they give an insight into different scenarios that one may experience. I would recommend PDP to anyone wanting to gain this qualification.”
Kim Starbuck
Information Governance Coordination
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham


"Both the thought provoking training and materials as well as passing the exam will help to ensure we provide a prompt quality service when dealing with information requests particularly as those involving planning can raise complex issues"
John Pierce
Case Officer
The Department for Communities and Local Government


"I found the training to be both informative and well-structured which helped to make a complex subject more understandable. The effectiveness of the PDP training is evidenced by my success, in what I believed to be, a challenging examination and also the fact I feel better equipped to function in my workplace."
Kevin Spedding
Data Protection Coordinator
Witherslack Group


"The course was interesting and very challenging and I must admit that I felt totally exhausted when I left the exam. The hard work and revision was all worthwhile and I now feel more confident in my role."
Teresa Evans
Information Governance Manager
Birmingham City Council


"I found this course challenging, informative and incredibly beneficial to my role. All courses were very professionally delivered and each tutor’s knowledge of the subject was excellent. It was clear all tutors were highly motivated with a willingness to share their expertise. I highly recommend this course to all FOI practitioners."
Andrea Dow
GHA Legal


“I am delighted to have achieved the Practitioner Certificate in FOI. The PDP training sessions were extremely well delivered and although challenging I found them to be an enjoyable experience. Gaining the qualification has not only given me more confidence in my role as Freedom of Information Officer but has extended my knowledge and skills in my role. I would recommend the programme to anyone working in the field of FOI ”
Christine Paciorek
Freedom of Information Officer
Durham County Council


Having attended the course and sitting the exam I have learned a wealth of information and gained knowledge, and an overall new found level of confidence, in a new subject area of which will come in very useful in the changing environment of information governance. I am thrilled to have passed the exam and gained the qualification.”
Kate Tregale
Information Governance Manager
NHS Bristol


“I’m really pleased to have passed this examination. The qualification is evidence of my professional FOI knowledge in my organisation. I would recommend this course to other individuals working in the FOI area.”
Julia Snape
Information Associate


“I am thrilled to have passed the Practitioner Certificate in Freedom of Information. The course and exam were quite challenging but have given me much more confidence in performing my role. The accompanying materials were really helpful and are an excellent source of reference.”
Lisa Smith
Corporate Information Manager
Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service


“The four training days gave me a sound knowledge base which I was able to translate into practice easily and I regularly refer back to my course notes and slides. The training was led by highly proficient experts who demystified the concepts. I would recommend the Practitioner Certificate in FOI to anybody responsible for this function.”
Deborah Pullen
Head of Legal & Regulatory Services
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


“The course was interesting and informative, and even after working in this field for some time I realised there was still much to learn. It's nice to have an actual qualification to back up the advice and guidance I give!”
Steve Wilson
Senior Policy Officer
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)


“My knowledge of access to information legislation has increased greatly since attending the Practitioners Certificate in FOI programme. All of the Tutors and PDP staff were great throughout and I’d highly recommend the course to fellow professionals working within the field.”
Garry Dando
Access to Information Officer
Marine Management Organisation


“The FOI Practitioner Programme provides a very good understanding of access to information legislation and my confidence has increased immensely. The course content and materials are fantastic and I use the folders as reference regularly in my role.”
Leila Ridley
Information Compliance Manager
Islington Council


“Many thanks to the tutors and PDP staff for their support during the programme. The course was very helpful in my role and in preparation for the exam.”
Ravinder Singh
Information Manager
Technology Strategy Board


“The PDP Practitioner Certificate in FOI is a comprehensive qualification that gives FOI practitioners up-to-date knowledge and confidence in dealing with information requests.”
Judy Gough
Interim Information Access Manager
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority


“There’s a lot more to dealing with information requests than most people think! Proper training is essential, but it’s great that there is now also the opportunity to become qualified. The FOI Practitioner course and exam was very challenging, but well worth the effort and I’m very glad I did it.”
Jane Hay
Performance Officer
Purbeck District Council