Privacy Policy
Company Name: Women’s Engineering Society (‘the Company’)
Company Contact details: +44 (0)1438 765506
Document: PP Privacy Policy
(when personal data is obtained directly from the data subject)
Topic: Data protection
Date of original version:
Date of this version:
25 May 2018
11 January 2022
Version: 3
At WES we are committed to keeping your personal data safe and secure, and handling it in accordance with our legal
obligations. This Privacy Policy 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 everything else we think it’s important for you to know.
WES (the Company) is a membership organisation which provides services to its individual members and partners. The
Company must process personal data (including sensitive personal data) so that it can provide these services – in
doing so, the Company acts as a data controller.
You may give your personal details to the Company directly, such as on an application or registration form or via our
website, or we may collect them from another source such as your employer. The Company must have a legal basis
for processing your personal data. For the purposes of providing you with services and/or information relevant to you
we will only use your personal data in accordance with the terms of the following statement.
1. Collection and use of personal data
a. Purpose of processing and legal basis
The Company will collect your personal data and will process your personal data for the purposes of providing you
with membership services. This includes for example, contacting you about WES networking opportunities, assessing
your suitability for those opportunities, updating our databases accordingly.
In some cases, we may be required to use your data for the purpose of investigating, reporting and detecting crime
and also to comply with laws that apply to us. We may also use your information during the course of internal audits
to demonstrate our compliance with certain industry standards.
The legal bases we rely upon to offer these services to you are:
• Your consent
• Where we have a legitimate interest
• To comply with a legal obligation that we have
• To fulfil a contractual obligation that we have with you
b. Legitimate interest
This is where the Company has a legitimate reason to process your data provided it is reasonable and does not go
against what you would reasonably expect from us. Where the Company has relied on a legitimate interest to process
your personal data our legitimate interests is/are as follows:
• Managing our database and keeping your records up to date;
• Contacting you to seek your consent where we need it;
• Providing services to you, including sending your information to networking groups where you have
demonstrated an interest in a particular role;
• Contacting you with information about similar products or services you have used from us recently.
c. Recipient/s of data
Your personal data may be disclosed and transferred to third parties in the UK, to help us deliver our service to you
and to enable WES to meet any legal or other legitimate obligations.

Your personal data may also be disclosed and transferred to third parties outside of the UK and European Economic
Area (the “EEA”), to help us deliver services to you and to enable WES to meet any legal or other legitimate
obligations in that country.
The Company may process your personal data with the following categories of recipients:
• IT and CRM providers contracted by WES;
• Government, law enforcement agencies and other regulators;
• Any of WES group companies or companies Trading as WES; and
• Any other organisations you ask us to share your data with.
d. Statutory/contractual requirement
• Your personal data is required by law and/or a contractual requirement (e.g. our client may require this
personal data), and/or a requirement necessary to enter into a contract.
2. Data retention
The Company will retain your personal data only for as long as is necessary for the purpose we collect it. Different
laws may also require us to keep different data for different periods of time.
Where the Company has obtained your consent to process your personal data, we will do so in line with our retention
policy. Upon expiry of that period the Company will seek further consent from you. Where consent is not granted the
Company will cease to process your personal data and sensitive personal data.
3. Your rights
Please be aware that you have the following data protection rights:
• The right to be informed about the personal data the Company processes on you;
• The right of access to the personal data the Company processes on you;
• The right to rectification of your personal data;
• The right to erasure of your personal data in certain circumstances;
• The right to restrict processing of your personal data;
• The right to data portability in certain circumstances;
• The right to object to the processing of your personal data that was based on a public or legitimate interest;
• The right not to be subjected to automated decision making and profiling; and
• The right to withdraw consent at any time.
Where you have consented to the Company processing your personal data you have the right to withdraw that
consent at any time by contacting the WES office which can be found at or calling +44 (0) 1438
There may be circumstances where the Company will still need to process your data for legal or official reasons. We
will inform you if this is the case. Where this is the case, we will restrict the data to only what is necessary for the
purpose of meeting those specific reasons.
If you believe that any of your data that the Company processes is incorrect or incomplete, please contact us using the
details above and we will take reasonable steps to check its accuracy and correct it where necessary.
You can also contact us using the above details if you want us to restrict the type or amount of data we process for
you, access your personal data or exercise any of the other rights listed above.
4. Complaints or queries
We are committed to keeping your personal data safe and secure, and handling it in accordance with our legal
obligations. However, if you wish to complain about this privacy notice or any of the procedures set out in it please
contact the office on +44 (0) 1438 765506 or and we will do our very best to resolve any issues.
You also have the right to raise concerns with Information Commissioner’s Office on 0303 123 1113 or at, or any other relevant supervisory authority should your personal data be processed
outside of the UK, if you believe that your data protection rights have not been adhered to.