Jonathan Baines

Jonathan Baines is the Chairman of the National Association of Data Protection and Freedom of Information Officers (NADPO) and works in information governance in local government. He is a member of the examination board for PDP’s Freedom of Information Practitioner Certificate, as well as specialist advisor to the editorial board of their Freedom of Information Journal and a member of the advisory board to Request Initiative. Jonathan delivers training and advice both to his own employer and to external clients such as schools and other local authorities.

Jonathan holds an LLM in Information Rights Law and Practice from Northumbria University and runs his own website on the subject of information rights, at informationrightsandwrongs.com. In his spare time Jonathan is a keen but talentless guitarist, a poet manqué and very amateur naturalist.

Why I Joined The Analogies Project

“I was delighted to be asked to contribute to The Analogies Project, whose growth and development I have observed since shortly after it started. It occurs to me that, in my professional life, when I’m explaining concepts, or advising colleagues, I often use the words “…a useful analogy is…” so I’d like to develop that into my written work. Walter Fisher proposed a theory of human communication as narration, and using analogies to tell the story of “information rights”, seems to me a wholly sensible way of communicating with diverse audiences.”