ICO appoints new Deputy CEO and Deputy Commissioner

10th April 2017

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced two senior appointments to help strengthen its strategic work in regulating the use of data.

Paul Arnold has been appointed to the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer, while James Dipple-Johnstone joins the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) as Deputy Commissioner – Operations.

Arnold joined the ICO in 1998 and has held a number of senior leadership positions, most recently responsible for customer services, IT and Information Governance.  

Dipple-Johnstone, who is expected to join the ICO in June, is currently the Director of Investigation and Supervision at the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA), where he leads the teams assessing and investigating the 12,000 reports it receives each year. He brings extensive experience of conduct and regulatory investigation. He joined the SRA in 2015 from the Independent Police Complaints Commission, where he was Commissioner for the North West England Police forces and a lead Commissioner for the Hillsborough Investigation. He was previously Director of Investigations at the Office of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman where he headed the unit carrying out investigations into health service cases.

Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner said “These key appointments will strengthen the ICO’s ability to meet the many and varied challenges we will face in the months and years to come.”