The Information Commissioner’s Office has appointed a new deputy commissioner following the departure former diplomat Rob Luke, who had only been in the role for six months.
Steve Wood, previously ICO head of international strategy, takes up the role of deputy commissioner for policy to replace Luke, the former British High Commissioner to Malta, who has left to “pursue other opportunities” after only joining the ICO in January.
At the time of his appointment Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said the ICO would be “drawing heavily” on Luke’s leadership skills, and “he’ll be central to our work to evolve the ICO to make sure we stay relevant, both to the public and the organisations we regulate”.
As previously reported, James Dipple-Johnstone has also joined the ICO as deputy commissioner for operations from the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA). He succeeds Simon Entwisle, one of the ICO’s most experienced executives, who joined the regulator in October 2004. He retires this summer.
Denham said: “I am delighted to have these two highly capable individuals join the ICO’s senior team at this important time.
“The information rights landscape is going through a time of transformation, being reshaped by both the digital economy and the arrival of a game changing piece of data protection legislation, the GDPR.
“I am confident that both Steve and James will prove to be great assets to my senior leadership team as we navigate these changes.”
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