The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

The Information Commissioner's Office introduced the Practitioner Award for Excellence in Data Protection in 2018 to recognise those practitioners who go above in beyond when it comes to data protection.

The award is judged by an in-house panel. Nominees will likely be those who have shown inspiring data protection practice and leadership, particularly in the areas of accountability and privacy by design, and have made good use of the resources available from the ICO to help organisations live up to their obligations and inspire public trust and confidence in how they handle personal information.

The winner is announced at the ICO's Data Protection Practitioners' Conference in Manchester.


You can find details of the shortlisted nominees for the Practitioner Award for Excellence in Data Protection 2020.


The winner of the second award was Mikko Niva, Group Policy Officer at Vodafone Group Services Ltd based in London.


The winner of the inaugural award was Esther Watt, Data Protection Officer at North Kevesten Council in Lincolnshire.