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.

Ian Watmore               

Ian Watmore worked from 1980 to 2004 for Accenture, starting as an IT and management consultant, becoming a partner in 1990 and UK Managing Partner/Director from 2000 to 2004. He worked for seven of the next eight years in the Civil Service, holding three different Permanent Secretary posts under three Prime Ministers, first at the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit in No 10, then at the Department now known as Business, Innovation and Skills, and latterly at the Cabinet Office. He was also the Group Chief Executive at the Football Association from 2009 to 2010.

He now supports his wife in her curacy of two parishes in the Diocese of Chester and has a portfolio of roles including Church Commissioner, Chair and Trustee of the Migraine Trust and Board positions at the English Institute of Sport, ER 2015 (the organisation organising the Rugby World Cup in England in 2015).

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.