The Management Board's primary purpose is to assist the Information Commissioner to discharge her statutory responsibilities on a long-term, strategic basis. Its areas of responsibility focus on the effective functioning of the office in a manner consistent with the statutory requirements and the high standards expected from a public body.

Elizabeth Denham

Elizabeth Denham was appointed UK Information Commissioner on 15 July 2016, having previously held the position of Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada.

You can find out more about Elizabeth Denham on the Information Commissioner page.

Paul Arnold Paul Arnold, Deputy Chief Executive, is responsible for the ICO's internal support and compliance functions as well as our high volume customer services. Paul leads departments responsible for IT, Information Governance, Business Development and Change Management, Organisation Development and Customer Contact.

James Dipple-Johnstone

James Dipple-Johnstone, Deputy Commissioner (Operations), joined the ICO’s office in 2017 from the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA), where he had been Director of Investigation and Supervision leading their teams assessing and investigating reports of professional misconduct, money laundering, cybercrime and fraud involving solicitors and law firms. James’s background is in regulatory investigation, appeals and complaints handling.

He has held posts as Commissioner for the Independent Police Complaints Commission, Director of Investigation for the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and in NHS regulators.

Steve Wood, Deputy Commissioner (Policy), took up his role in June 2017 and has worked at the ICO since 2007. He is responsible for leading the work of the Policy Directorate, ensuring delivery of ICO strategic goals through stakeholder liaison, guidance, research, international activity and technology policy.

His previous ICO roles have included Head of International Strategy and Intelligence, Head of Policy Delivery and Assistant Commissioner for FOI policy. Before joining the ICO Steve was a Senior Lecturer in Information Management at Liverpool John Moores University.

Emma Bate

Emma Bate, General Legal Counsel, heads up the legal profession at the ICO. She joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP, where she worked as a partner specialising in data protection and commercial law. Over the last 20 years, Emma has worked with a wide range of clients from across the public, private and third sectors.

Earlier in her career she focused on advising the public sector, particularly NHS clients, on data protection law. In recent years her focus shifted to insurance and financial services. Emma has been listed in the legal directories for her data protection knowledge, with clients quoted as saying she is “a pleasure to work with”.

Non-Executive Directors

Ailsa Beaton

Ailsa Beaton OBE was a Management Board member at the Metropolitan Police Service, Chief Information Officer at ICL plc and a Senior Partner at PA Consulting Group. She started her career as an accountant before moving into information technology with General Electric (USA).

She now has a portfolio of non-executive roles as well as undertaking interim management and consultancy work. These include being the independent director on the board of Bacs Payment Schemes Ltd where she chairs a number of board committees, being a governor of the Legal Education Foundation and sitting on the Advisory Board for Information Management and Information Systems of Leeds University Business School.

David Cooke David Cooke was, until March 2016, the Director (CEO) of the independent British Board of Film Classification, a post he held for nearly 12 years. Before that, David was a Civil Service Director working on such diverse topics as asylum, the Northern Ireland peace process, criminal justice and constitutional reform. David is also currently a Visiting Professor in the English Faculty at University College, London.

Jane McCall

Jane McCall is Chair of the Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust, and is an External Commissioner on the House of Commons Commission. Previously Jane was (until May 2016) Deputy Chief Executive at Trafford Housing Trust, a housing business with a social purpose based in Greater Manchester. She has worked in the social housing sector for over 25 years and has been in senior management for the last 15 years. Her previous posts include Managing Director of two business subsidiaries within the Regenda Group, and Divisional Technical Director for the Places for People Group.

Nicola Wood

Nicola Wood started her working life as a solicitor. Since ceasing to practice law, she has held a number of board level appointments across a range of sectors mainly in financial services and health. In a pro-bono capacity she has worked with different groups of vulnerable consumers including the elderly, children and those with mental health issues.