Interim Chief Executive Officer


Location: London
Salary: Competitive
Closing Date: 07 June 2024
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Job Description

Fixed Term Contract: up to two years

Salary : Competitive, subject to Ministerial approval

Location: Wilmslow, London, Cardiff, Belfast or Edinburgh with regular travel

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is the UKs independent information rights authority. Our purpose is to empower through information, providing advice, guidance and support to organisations to enable compliance with their obligations, as well as protecting individuals and their personal data.

We are undergoing an exciting transformation. The Data Protection and Digital Information Bill will introduce reforms to replace the ICOs current governance model with a more traditional board structure, called the Information Commission. This organisation will be governed by an independent statutory board of Non-Executive Directors (including the Chair), alongside executive board members, including a Chief Executive Officer. As a result of this change, we are now seeking to appoint an Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for a period of up to two years.

As Interim CEO, you will play an integral role in strategic leadership, planning, performance and decision making, leading the work to set up the Information Commission  Board, whilst transitioning staff, property and operations from the Information Commissioners Office to the Information Commission, maintaining strong operational performance throughout. A people-orientated and visible leader, you will maintain high levels of motivation and cooperation, setting and embedding a culture of curiosity, collaboration, impact and inclusion to deliver regulatory interventions that improve peoples lives, reduce burdens, promote economic growth and innovation and enable efficient public services. You will play a key role in ensuring that the Information Commission is an inclusive regulator and employer.

You will bring a successful track record of credible and strategic leadership to this role, having worked at the highest levels of public or commercial life in suitably complex, highly regulated organisations. Having embraced opportunities to innovate, you will have delivered and embedded multi-faceted business change to deliver required strategic outcomes, evolving organisational capability and shaping governance approaches to maximise efficiency, effectiveness, value for money and maintain external stakeholder confidence.

We are excited about the substantial contribution this role will play at an important time for the ICO. If this sounds like the challenge for you, we look forward to hearing from you.

For more information and to apply please click online, or call Russell Brandon on 01962 864124 or Stephanie Wilson on +44 7880 382745. 


Closing date: Friday 7 June, 12 noon.

The ICO is committed to promoting and enhancing equality, diversity, and inclusion and is a Disability Confident Employer.


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