The Management Board's primary purpose is to assist the Information Commissioner to discharge his 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 was appointed UK Information Commissioner on 15 July 2016, having previously held the position of Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia, Canada.



Simon Entwisle, Deputy Commissioner and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, joined the ICO in October 2004. Throughout his 11 years at the ICO Simon has been a member of the Management Board responsible for operations.

Simon’s background is in operations and he has been involved in complaints handling since 1991. He also has extensive experience of integrating IT into the work in operational areas.

Steve Wood

Steve Wood is Interim Deputy Commissioner and responsible for the ICO’s policy position on the proper application of information rights law and good practice, through lines to take, guidance, internal training, advice and specific projects.

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.

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.