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Who we are and what we do

Wilton Park Executive Agency
Wiston House
West Sussex BN44 3DZ

Wilton Park is an executive agency of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). We convene and facilitate over 100 online, hybrid and face-to-face events each year from our base in West Sussex, as well as elsewhere in the UK and overseas. Wilton Park is at the forefront of global policy development. We bring together people from around the world to discuss and develop solutions for critical global issues. We work with governments, international organisations, civil society groups and individuals to find practical solutions to problems such as climate change, conflict, trade and security.

As a Data Controller, Wilton Park is committed to maintaining the security of your data and respecting your privacy rights. We are dedicated to being transparent about what data we collect and how we use it and undertake to handle your data fairly and meet our data protection obligations, at all times.

We will ensure that we treat all personal information in accordance with data protection legislation, including the Data Protection Act 2018 and UK General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Data protection law states that the personal information that we hold about you must be:

  • processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner.
  • collected for specific purposes which we have explained to you and will not be used in any other way which is incompatible with those purposes.
  • relevant to the purposes we have explained to you and limited to those purposes only.
  • accurate and kept up to date.
  • held only for as long as is necessary for the purposes that we have explained to you.
  • processed or held in a way that ensures security.

This privacy notice provides you with information about how and why we collect your personal information; what personal data we collect, store, use and share; your legal rights relating to your personal data; and how to contact us in the event you have a query or complaint.

What data we process and why

We process personal data for the purposes of attending an event at Wilton Park, maintaining contact for future events, and performing our duties as an executive agency of a government department. Personal data is information that relates to an identified or identifiable individual.

 Examples of personal data we process includes, but is not limited to, contact details such as name, address, organisation, position, telephone number and email address.

In addition, we may also process certain special category data about you as listed below:

  • information about race or ethnicity, religious beliefs.
  • information regarding your gender, dietary requirements.
  • information about your health, including any medical condition.

Lawful basis for processing

We process this data because it is necessary to do so in order for Wilton Park to facilitate and hold events and as an executive agency of the FCDO. We may also process your data under the following lawful basis:

  • Explicit consent: you have given us clear consent to process your personal data for a specific purpose.
  • Contract: the processing is necessary for a contract we have with you, or because you have asked us to take specific steps before entering into a contract with you.
  • Legal obligation: the processing is necessary for us to comply with the law (not including contractual obligations).
  • Legitimate interests: the processing is necessary for our legitimate interests or the legitimate interests of a third party unless your rights as the data subject override those legitimate interests.

Who do we share your personal data with

For the purposes state above, we share your personal data with our partners and sponsors and, where necessary, our caterers and travel providers.

There may be other circumstances in which we may lawfully share your data with third parties where, for example, we are required to do so by law, by court order, or to prevent fraud or other crimes. Where we share data, however, we shall do so in accordance with applicable data protection laws.

How long we keep your data

We will retain your personal data for only as long as it is necessary or for as long as we are legally required to do so and in line with our retention schedule.

Your rights

In certain circumstances you have the right to:

  • object – request that your data is not processed for certain purposes.
  • erasure – request that your personal data is erased where one of the statutory grounds applies.
  • data portability – the right to obtain and reuse your personal data for your own purposes across different services in certain circumstances.
  • restrict processing – request that the processing of your personal data is restricted in certain circumstances – for example, where accuracy is contested.
  • rectification – request that any inaccuracies in your personal data are rectified without delay. Request that any incomplete personal data is completed, including by means of a supplementary statement.
  • access – request information about how your personal data is processed and to request a copy of that personal data.

If your personal data is processed on the basis of consent, you have the right to withdraw consent to the processing of your personal data at any time by contacting our Data Protection Officer,

How to contact us

If you have any questions about anything in this notice, or if you consider that your personal data has been misused or mishandled, contact us at

You can also contact the Data Protection Officer at the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office:

Data Protection Officer 

Information Management Department 
Information and Digital Directorate 
Room WHG 168
Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office 
King Charles Street 
Telephone: 020 7008 5000


You may also make a complaint to the Information Commissioner, who is an independent regulator. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Cheshire SK9 5AF

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We update this policy periodically to ensure it accurately reflects our use of personal data. This Privacy Notice was last updated in July 2021

Information we manage via this website

By using this website, information about you may be collected. Below we detail the ways in which data is collected and used.

1. Email newsletter
In order to receive updates on our activities you can sign up to our email newsletter. The information we require as mandatory for you to register to receive updates is your name and email address. This information is stored securely by our email campaign supplier, Mailchimp. Details about Mailchimp can be found at the links below.

Mailchimp’s security procedures

Mailchimp’s Privacy Policy

Your data will remain on their system until such time as you choose to unsubscribe from our newsletter, your details are stored so that you do not need to re-register for updates.

Our email newsletters provide an opportunity for you to unsubscribe from our messages or to update your details.

1.1 Events
The registration information we require as mandatory for you to register to attend one of our meetings is: your name, email address, job title and citizenship. Additional logistical information is requested in order to fulfil event organisation requirements. This information is stored securely on our database.

2. Feedback
You can send a message to Wilton Park via our contact us page. If you are asking for information, we do not already publish on the site, we will deal with your query. In doing so we may need to contact our technology supplier (for technical queries). In such cases we will only pass on personal data if it is necessary to do so, and we will not keep your personal data or records of our correspondence longer than necessary.

3. Cookie policy
In this section you will find information on what cookies may be set when you visit the Wilton Park website and how to reject or delete those cookies.

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device (such as your computer or mobile phone). These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast. You can manage these small files yourself and learn more about them through at

3.1 How to control and delete cookies
Wilton Park will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by the Wilton Park website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the Wilton Park website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You’ll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

To totally opt out of our suppliers collecting any data regarding your interaction on the Wilton Park website, please refer to section 3.3.

3.2 Local Shared Objects (Flash cookies)
Wilton Park may make occasional and limited use of the Adobe Flash Player to deliver services. To improve user experience, Local Shared Objects, or Flash cookies as they are commonly known, are employed to provide some features. Flash cookies are stored on a user’s terminal much the same as cookies are, however it is not possible to manage them at browser level in the same way.

The Adobe website provides comprehensive information on how to delete or disable Flash cookies either for a specific domain like or for all websites –see for details. Please be aware that restricting the use of Flash cookies may affect the features available to you for Flash based applications.

3.3 Third party cookies
Wilton Park uses a number of suppliers who also set cookies on its websites on its behalf.

3.3.1 Cookies set for embedded social web content
To support our information provision and engagement, we sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such as YouTube and Flickr. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, YouTube or Flickr, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. Wilton Park does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the third party websites for more information about these.

Cookies of this nature on the Wilton Park websites include:

Service Cookie name datr lsd lu gz
 Flickr localization
 Flickr B guest_id guest_id _twitter_sess original_referer VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE PREF GEO PREF

The Wilton Park website also carries embedded ‘share’ buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their peers through a number of popular social networks. These sites may set a cookie when you are also logged in to or otherwise using their service. Wilton Park does not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

3.3.2 Cookies set for web analytics
Wilton Park uses third party services to gather data regarding the usage of the Wilton Park site on our behalf using cookies, log file data and code which is embedded on our website. Wilton Park uses this type of information to help improve the services it provides to its UK visitors and non-UK visitors.

These include:

Service Cookie nameExpiry c1 5 years s1 5 years
 google analytics _utmb 30 minutes
 google analytics _utma 2 years
 google analytics _utmz 6 months
 google analytics _utmc Not set
google analytics_ga2 years
google analytics_gid24 hours
google analytics_gat1 minute
google analyticsAMP_TOKEN30 seconds to a year


comScore, an independent measurement and research company, gathers information regarding visitor activity on the Wilton Park website using Digital Analytix (formerly SiteStat). Data is gathered on Wilton Park’s behalf using cookies, log file data, and code that are embedded on our website. Wilton Park uses this information to help improve the services it provides to its users.

comScore has committed to handling personal data they receive from the European Economic Area in accordance with the EU’s data protection requirements. For information on how comScore treats personal data please see the comScore Privacy Policy.

Google Analytics

Wilton Park also uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate visitor’s use of the Wilton Park site.

Google stores the information collected by the cookie on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using the Wilton Park site, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

For more information on the cookie set by Google Analytics, including information on how to opt out please go to:

3.4. List of the main Wilton Park cookies
This is a list of the main cookies set by the Wilton Park website, and what each is used for:

Unique identifier for sessions, this identifies a user’s session e.g. shopping basket, secure area logins.

Unique session identifier when editing email alert options or creating email subscription accounts.
Used by load balancer to map browser sessions to specific web application servers for non-secure http traffic.
Used by load balancer to map browser sessions to specific web application servers for https traffic.

The above cookies expire after 30 minutes or if the browser session is closed.

If this privacy policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page. Regularly reviewing this page ensures you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.

If you have a query or complaint about this privacy notice, please use the contact details above to get in touch.

Document control

IssueDescription of ChangeApprovalDate of Issue
1Initial issueSMTMay 2018
2Review and updateWilton ParkMay 2020
3Review and updatedWilton ParkJuly 2021