The diagram below summarises the structure of formal decision making bodies in the ICO.

The relationship between the formal decision making bodies at the ICO is detailed in the diagram below and in the committee terms of reference. The work of the committees is directly supported by the Risk and Governance Department which is responsible for the ICO’s corporate governance policies and procedures and for ensuring that the policies and procedures are followed.

Decision making structure

Purpose of the committees

Management Board

The Management Board provides leadership for the ICO, operating collectively and concentrating on advising on strategic and operational issues affecting performance and scrutinising and challenging policies and procedures with a view to the long-term health and success of the office.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee supports the Management Board in its role in respect of the effectiveness of the ICO’s risk management system and procedures and its internal controls; by reviewing the comprehensiveness and reliability of assurances on governance, risk management, the control environment and the integrity of financial statements and the annual report. It should lead the assessment of the annual governance statement for the Board.

The Committee will have particular engagement with the work of internal audit, risk management, the external auditor and financial management and reporting issues.

Executive Team

The Executive Team consists of the most senior Executive Officers of the ICO and has overall responsibility for the ICO’s strategic leadership and decision making.

Senior Leadership Team

The Senior Leadership Team provides day to day leadership for the ICO, overseeing a working environment which supports the effective achievement of goals and priorities, maintains all necessary standards of compliance and good practice and ensures the ICO is a great place to work.

More specifically, the team has overall responsibility for developing and delivering against the ICO’s Information Rights Strategic Plan, other significant strategies and its budget.

DCEO Steering Group

The DCEO Steering Group supports the work of the Senior Leadership Team by considering and making decisions in the areas of finance, IT, information governance, people, customer and business services and the change programme.

Policy Steering Group

The Policy Steering Group supports the work of the Senior Leadership Team by providing strategic direction for the ICO’s policy work and associated engagement activities.

Operations Steering Group

The Operations Steering Group supports the work of the Senior Leadership Team by monitoring performance and issues, identifying risks and opportunities and taking action as appropriate to either mitigate risks or to take advantage of opportunities.

Health and Safety Committee

The Health and Safety Committee assists the Commissioner and her Senior Leadership Team in the discharge of health and safety responsibilities.

Equality and Diversity Committee

The Equality and Diversity Committee develops and implements appropriate strategies and action plans to ensure that the ICO fulfils its statutory obligations in respect of equality and diversity.