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Director of Technology and Innovation


Salary Expected to be in the range of £72,879 to £94,000

Technology is driving fundamental changes to the societal, legal and business environment that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) regulates. What role could you play in influencing the way we support innovation and technological change while also protecting personal data and privacy?

About us

As an independent body serving the public, the ICO’s work is interesting and immensely rewarding – it’s of national importance and increasingly in the public eye. We are at the forefront of policy, guidance, direct advice to the public, and enforcement of the UK’s data protection and freedom of information laws. We are involved with important issues ranging from intrusive technology, nuisance calls/texts to the use of surveillance cameras. We hold a unique position as a regulator across the whole of the private, public and third sectors, overseeing 11 pieces of legislation.

About the role 

This role will play a pivotal part in ensuring the ICO is fit for the future, able to support and stimulate innovation, identify and engage with technological change and understand the implications for the ICO’s approach to regulation. Reporting into the Deputy Commissioner - Regulatory Innovation and Technology, this post will direct information rights technology and innovation policy initiatives across the ICO and provide strategic leadership to the recently established Technology and Innovation Department of the ICO.

You will engage constructively at a strategic level with leading thinkers and innovators, including think tanks, academics and organisations delivering new approaches to information rights practice.

The successful candidate will work as part of the Regulatory Innovation and Technology Executive Directorate as well as forming part of the senior leadership team of the ICO, supporting Directorate leadership on the ongoing implementation of the ICO’s Technology strategy, as well as steering an imminent review and refresh of this strategy.

About you

This is one of the most exciting roles in regulation in the UK, and it requires an exceptional candidate. You will of course have substantial experience and knowledge relevant to the role – but this could come in a number of forms. For example, it could have been gained in the interaction between privacy or information rights and technology and/or innovation. It may have been gained around enabling privacy in a high-technology environment or it could have been gained in a setting where innovation interacts with regulation. You will also have excellent written and verbal communication skills. Our leadership style is inclusive and supportive, and we need you to share these values too.

How to apply

Please upload a copy of your CV along with a covering letter which explains both why you are attracted to this post and why you are the right person for us. Please limit your covering letter to no more than two pages. For further information and to apply please visit:

Andrew Timlin on 07887777735 or Kelly Ridley on 07380193343

The closing date for applications is Monday 14th September 2020.

The ICO is committed to equal opportunities in employment and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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Wilmslow, Wilmslow, England, Cheshire East, SK9, United Kingdom

  • Ad ID:  15358203
  • Ad Type:  Offered
  • Posted on:  20/08/2020, 03:04
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