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ICO announces deputy chief executive appointment

Neil Merrett Published 10 April 2017

UK data regulator has filled two senior leadership roles; Paul Arnold and James Dipple-Johnstone become deputy CEO and deputy commissioner of operations respectively

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has appointed a deputy chief executive officer and deputy commissioner of operations in the latest of a series of senior management changes.

Paul Arnold, who has worked for the UK’s data regulator since 1998, will now serve as the organisation’s deputy chief executive, building on his experience in several key leadership roles such as overseeing IT and information governance at the ICO.

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said the appointment reflected the hard work and commitment shown by Arnold in his time with the regulator.

“Given the breadth of Paul’s experience at the ICO, his outstanding service focus, and his excellent leadership credentials, I am delighted to have him take on the role of deputy CEO,” she said.

Alongside the appointment of Arnold, Denham added that James Dipple-Johnstone’s appointment as a deputy commissioner for operations would bring additional experience in public sector regulation to the ICO.

“These key appointments will strengthen the ICO’s ability to meet the many and varied challenges we will face in the months and years to come,” she said.

Dipple-Johnstone, who is expected to take up the role in June, presently works as director of investigation and supervision with the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA).  He is charged with leading assessment and investigation teams. 

His previous roles include being the director of investigations for the Office of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman that focused specifically on healthcare.

Dipple-Johnstone has also worked for the Independent Police Complaints Commission, serving as both commissioner for the police forces of North West England and a lead commissioner with the Hillsborough Investigation.

Denham took up the information commissioner role last July and has spoken on a variety of data regulation issues, particularly in regard to the incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the future of UK law post-Brexit.

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