My name is Paul Gibbons. And I am FOIMan.

For nearly 20 years I was a mild mannered information governance manager, until one day I was bitten by the blogging bug, and I became…FOIMan. In my long career I have issued laboratory notebooks to the scientist who discovered Viagra, rescued council records from rising floodwater, wrote the policy on how long records of MPs expenses ought to be kept, and made sure two Mayors of London were as transparent as the glass of their building (well, mostly). I also investigated patient data breaches in a hospital and sought to keep academics and students on the right side of copyright licensing rules.

In 2010 I started writing the FOIMan blog, discussing freedom of information ‘from the inside’. That led to being invited to talk at events, write articles and deliver training courses. In 2014, FOIMan became my full-time job, and I have been delivering training and providing consultancy to organisations across the UK (and occasionally beyond) ever since. More recently my book, The Freedom of Information Officer’s Handbook, was published by Facet Publishing in January 2019.


and achievements

My professional qualifications and achievements include:

  • MSc Econ in Archives Administration
  • LLM in Information Rights, Law & Practice (with distinction)
  • BCS Certificates (formerly ISEB) in Data Protection and Freedom of Information
  • Associate Member of British Computing Society (AMBCS)
  • Contributor to Lexis Nexis public sector guidance on freedom of information
  • Special contributor, Freedom of Information Journal
  • Head of exam board, PDP Freedom of Information Practitioner Certificate

I’ve written several articles about freedom of information, information management and other subjects.

Get in touch

If you’re interested in using me to deliver training, or to help you with a project, or you just have a question, get in touch. You can call me on 07799 654509 or drop me a line using the contact form below or via paul(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)

Superhero photo: © Can Stock Photo / digitalgenetics adapted by Paul Gibbons