Executive Director of Regulatory Futures and Innovation

Location
Cheshire
Salary
£100,785 or more depending on experience
Posted
11 Sep 2020
Closes
25 Sep 2020
Ref
3851620
Position/Level
Director
Sector
Government
Contract Type
Permanent
Language
English

London or Wilsmlow location

Technology is driving fundamental changes to the societal, legal and business environment that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) regulates. What role could you play in influencing the way we support innovation and technological change while also protecting personal data and privacy?

About us

As an independent body serving the public, the ICO’s work is interesting and immensely rewarding – it’s of national importance and increasingly in the public eye. 

We are at the forefront of providing advice and support to organisations, guidance, direct advice to the public, and enforcement of the UK’s data protection and freedom of information laws. We are involved with important issues ranging from intrusive technology, nuisance calls/texts up to the use of surveillance cameras and the privacy implications of the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We hold a unique position as a regulator across the whole of the private, public and third sectors, overseeing 11 pieces of legislation. We are growing and developing as an organisation to meet these needs.

About the role 

This role is absolutely crucial in supporting the work of the Commissioner, establishing the ICO’s stances on new technology applications and innovation initiatives involving data, taking high level decisions and leading work to position the ICO effectively to regulate in the digital landscape. This will ensure the ICO is best placed to demonstrate effectiveness as a forward thinking proactive national regulator. 

As a member of the ICO’s Executive Team and Management Board the role will also be expected to make a significant contribution to the development and delivery of the ICO’s strategic plans, policies and initiatives.

Acting as the professional lead in this area, the postholder will direct information rights technology policy and innovation issues and initiatives across the ICO. They will ensure the ICO develops engagement strategies with external organisations which deliver new approaches to information rights practice which are legally compliant and promote the effective management of personal data as a core element of emerging technologies and business systems.

You will represent the ICO at a senior level nationally and internationally as required, particularly with technology stakeholders from across the government, regulatory and private sectors.

About you

This is one of the most influential roles at the nexus of innovation and government policy and we are looking for an exceptional candidate.

You will be a senior leader able to demonstrate a track record of delivering innovation which supports the growth of the digital economy. You will also have experience of leading significant, organisational wide change projects and high level representational and negotiating skills.

A demonstrable empathy and expertise (or ability to develop expertise) around data protection, freedom of information and the key ICO roles of educating and influencing, promoting good practice, addressing complaints and enforcing is also a key requirement.

An understanding of the principles of good regulation and their practical application will also be very helpful.

The ICO is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in employment and we welcome applications from all members of the community. We would particularly like to encourage applications from women and from people who are from a BAME background, who are currently under-represented at a senior level within our organisation.