Information Commissioner appoints a deputy and a deputy chief executive

Paul Arnold will take up the deputy chief executive role, and James Dipple-Johnstone will come from the Solicitors Regulation Authority in June to be deputy commissioner - operations

The Information Commissioner's Office has appointed a deputy chief executive and a deputy commissioner.

Paul Arnold, who has been with the organisation for almost 20 years, takes on the role of deputy chief executive. Arnold was previously responsible for customer services, IT and information governance at the ICO, which promotes openness in public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

James Dipple-Johnstone, who has been appointed deputy commissioner – operations, is expected to join from the Solicitors Regulation Authority in June. Dipple-Johnstone previously worked for the Independent Police Complaints Commission, where his roles included being a lead commissioner for the Hillsborough investigation.

The ICO said in a statement that the appointments would "strengthen its strategic work in regulating the use of data".

A spokeswoman for the ICO said the pay range for both positions was from £70,702 to £101,102.

Elizabeth Denham, the 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."

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