Executive Director - Technology Policy and Innovation

Wilmslow, Cheshire (GB)
£95,000 - 136,000 per year +
08 Jun 2018
22 Jun 2018
Public Sector
Contract Type

Executive Director – Technology Policy and Innovation

London or Wilmslow (Cheshire)

Starting salary: 2 Year Fixed Term Contract with salary expected to be in the range of £95k to £136k

As the UK introduces new data protection legislation and prepares to leave the European Union, what part could you play in helping to develop the changing privacy and information rights regulatory landscape, whilst supporting the need for innovation and growth in the digital economy?

About us

Our work as the UK’s privacy and information rights regulator has never been more important.

Data protection is the largest area of work for us, one of 11 pieces of legislation we oversee, and we hold a unique position as a regulator across the whole of the private, public and third sectors.

The arrival of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and UK Data Protection Act 2018, means huge change for the regulator and we are currently strengthening and expanding our team to meet our new obligations and provide excellent public services under our increased regulatory remit.

About the role 

A crucial area for the Commissioner is to support, develop and implement strategies to enable information rights innovation on the part of those we regulate which also support and safeguard the best interests of the wider public, whilst aligned with the ICO’s mission, vision and values. This post holder will:

Work as a member of the ICO’s Executive Team and report direct to the Information Commissioner when completing the implementation of a new technology policy and innovation function, taking high level decisions and supporting the effective governance of the ICO during the critical first two years of a new regulatory regime.

Represent the ICO at a senior level nationally and internationally as required, with stakeholders from across the government, public and private sectors.

Act as the professional lead in this area and direct technology policy and innovation initiatives and issues across the ICO, serving as a catalyst for the continuous development of the ICO as a tech savvy and innovation friendly regulator.

Develop engagement strategies with external organisations in this field which deliver new approaches to information rights practice.

Act as the professional and strategic lead for information rights regulatory innovation matters across the ICO ensuring that the ICO keeps up to date with developments, is responsive, implements best regulatory practice and meets its commitment to be a model of good regulation.

About you

With an appreciation of the impact of new and emerging information technologies coupled with keen awareness of “digital economy” developments and issues you will have:

A track record and significant senior level experience of successful policy leadership with evidence of strategic planning and delivery of high quality outcomes.

Significant track record of delivering innovation which supports growth of the digital economy and substantial experience in a high level representational and negotiating role.

A demonstrable empathy towards data protection, freedom of information and the key ICO roles of educating and influencing, promoting good practice, addressing complaints and enforcing.

Knowledge of the regulatory environment and the public sector generally, including the democratic, political and organisational framework.

How to apply

Please upload a copy of your CV along with a covering letter which explains both why you are attracted to this post and why you are the right person for us. Please limit your covering letter to no more than 1 page. For further information and to apply please visit:


For a confidential discussion contact:

Jamie Houlders T 0113 2003733

The closing date for applications is 9am, Monday 25 June, 2018. Interviews are expected to take place week commencing 9 July.

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