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UK's ICO appoints ex-Met Police CIO and Ian Watmore as non-executive members

Derek du Preez | Sept. 17, 2013
Ailsa Beaton and Watmore will join the management board next year

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has appointed the former permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office, Ian Watmore, and the recently retired director of information at the Metropolitan Police, Ailsa Beaton, as non-executive members.

Watmore and Beaton will join the ICO's management board, which provides leadership and support to the ICO, next year. They will also support decision-making on ICO's spending of public money.

"I am delighted to have secured the services of two such eminent public servants to help to keep the ICO on track and I look forward to working with Ian and Ailsa," said Information commissioner Christopher Graham.

The appointments were made by the commissioner following public advertisement of the roles, and were triggered by the retirement of Jane May who has served on the management board since 2010.

Members of the board are able to serve for two periods of three years each.

Watmore stepped down from his role as permanent secretary at the Cabinet Office in May last year and was previously responsible for the government's CIO function. He also played an important role in establishing the Cabinet Office's Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG).

"Data protection and transparency are topics about which I am passionate, especially in the digital age, and I look forward to working with the Information commissioner and his team over the next three years," said Watmore of his appointment.

Beaton stepped down from her role as the director of information at the Metropolitan Police in November last year, after 12 years in the job. Whilst in the role she saw four commissioners come and go and oversaw a number of key performance and efficiency projects, which included the introduction of mobile technologies.

"Most of my career has been concerned with the effective use of information; balancing privacy and security with utility and transparency has been a key component," said Beaton.

"This role, working with the Information commissioner and his team, brings an exciting new dimension to that experience."


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