Elizabeth Denham was appointed UK Information Commissioner on 15 July 2016, having previously held the position of Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada.
The Information Commissioner is appointed by HM The Queen and has independent status, reporting directly to Parliament, with a range of responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 1998 and related laws.
Former Information Commissioner
Christopher Graham took the role of UK Information Commissioner on 29 June 2009 and concluded his tenure on 28 June 2016.
Chief Operating Officer
Simon Entwisle joined the ICO in October 2004. Throughout his 13 years at the ICO Simon has been a member of the Management Board responsible for operations. Simon’s background is in operations and he has been involved in complaints handling since 1991. He also has extensive experience of integrating IT into the work in operational areas.
Deputy Chief Executive
Paul Arnold is responsible for the ICO’s internal support and compliance functions as well as our high volume customer services. Paul leads departments responsible for IT, Information Governance, Business Development and Change Management, Organisation Development and Customer Contact.
Deputy Commissioner (Policy)
Steve Wood is responsible for the ICO’s policy position on the proper application of information rights law and good practice, through lines to take, guidance, internal training, advice and specific projects.
Head of Parliamentary and Government Affairs
Jonathan’s department manages the ICO’s key relationships across the public, private and third sectors together with civil society and international contacts. His work centres upon the major information rights issues of the day and can range from appearing before parliamentary committees to representing the ICO on the broadcast media.
Head of Risk Governance
Louise has responsibility for the delivery of a programme of audits and advisory work aimed at educating and assisting organisations to meet their data protection obligations. She is also responsible for conducting audits using the Assessment Notice powers.
Head of Enforcement
The Enforcement Team’s aim is to take purposeful risk-based regulatory action where obligations are ignored, examples need to be set or issues need to be clarified, based on the ICO’s Regulatory Action Policy.
Head of Policy and Engagement
Jo has lead responsibility for the ICO’s guidance on the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act.
Head of Technology Policy
Nigel’s department develops policy positions and products in relation to information technology and information security issues. Nigel is the ICO’s lead technological advisor and key liaison with the ICO’s technology stakeholders.
Group Manager, Enforcement
Andy Curry heads the team that enforces the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations. As well as cracking down on nuisance calls, his team investigates companies behind unwanted texts and emails and takes action when needed.
Former Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection
As well as providing Data Protection leadership across the ICO, David had direct responsibility for oversight of its Strategic Liaison Division, developing and managing the ICO’s relations with its key stakeholders. David Smith retired from his position in November 2015.
Former Deputy Commissioner and Director of Freedom of Information
One of two Deputy Commissioners, Graham led responsibility for promoting and enforcing Freedom of Information. Graham left the ICO in October 2015 to take up a position with the European Ombudsman.
Former Assistant Commissioner (Wales)
Anne led our Wales office until July 2016. She joined the ICO in 2003, with a background in libraries, information and IT. Anne is a graduate of Aberystwyth and Bristol universities, and prior to this role her career was in the higher education, local authority and private sectors.
Head of Corporate Affairs
Robert Parker’s department is responsible for providing effective internal and external communications for the ICO, corporate and business planning, risk management and internal audit.
Group Manager, Strategic Liason
Garreth is a group manager in our Strategic Liason department. His team focuses on the business and industry sector.
Group Manager, Audit
Victoria’s Criminal Justice sector team helps organisations meet their obligations under the Data Protection Act. Her work includes managing a programme of audits and advisory visits.
Group Manager, Government and Society
Judith is responsible for developing and managing relations with government departments and organisations in the Strategic Liaison Division of the ICO.
Group Manager, Police Justice and Borders
Meagan is the Group Manager for the Public Security Team. Meagan’s team is responsible for engaging with and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders in the policing sector.
Dawn was the Group Manager for the Public Services Team, responsible for engaging with and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders in the health, education and local government sectors.
Group Manager, Enforcement
Sally-Anne’s team investigates breaches of the Data Protection Act, exercising the Commissioner’s powers of enforcement contained in part V of the Act, including civil monetary penalties.
Dr. Simon Rice
Group Manager, Technology
Simon is the Group Manager for the Technology team which provides technical expertise to all ICO departments in order to support the broad range of activities undertaken by the ICO.
Group Manager, Digital Business Development
Greer has responsibility for planning the Information Commissioner’s Office’s online presence, including the ICO website.
Group Manager, Policy Delivery
Prior to working at the ICO, Carl’s career has been in information management, research and libraries in the local government, not-for-profit, higher education and private sectors.
Investigations Manager, Enforcement Department
Damian is a manager in the Criminal Investigation Team within the Enforcement Department, responsible for the investigation of criminal breaches of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Team Manager, Enforcement Department
Laura is a manager in the Civil Investigations team within the Enforcement Department. The team investigate breaches of the Data Protection Act, exercising the Commissioner’s powers of enforcement contained in part V of the Act, including civil monetary penalties.
Team Manager, Intelligence Hub
Adam manages the Intelligence Hub within the Enforcement Department, which collects, analyses and disseminates information with the aim of guiding and supporting the ICO’s approach to regulatory action.
Former Group Manager, Good Practice
Kai was Group Manager for the NHS sector within the ICO’s Good Practice team. Good Practice’s aim is to help organisations understand how to comply with the DPA.
Senior Policy Officer, Policy Delivery
Gemma’s team leads on the Privacy Seals project, research on the impact of the ICO’s civil monetary penalties and formal responses to any consultations on the Data Protection Act.
Senior Policy Officer, Public Services
Victoria’s current responsibilities lie in the area of public services, where she takes the lead in liaising with the education sector. Previous roles at the ICO have included working with private sector organisations in areas such as credit, fraud prevention and technology.
Prior to working at the ICO Victoria worked in both the private and public sectors, mainly in financial services compliance and teaching.
Senior Technology Officer
Peter works in our Technology team, providing technical expertise to all ICO departments in order to support the broad range of activities undertaken by the ICO.
Former Senior Technology Officer
Andrew’s main areas of work were advising colleagues on information security aspects of complaints and data breach investigations, and research on how developments in technology might impact information rights.
Between 2008 and 2012, Andrew worked as a security tester, gaining valuable insight into real-world information security issues. He was also a primary contact responsible for explaining security concepts to sometimes non-technical customers.