Steve Wood


UK Information Commissioner’s Office

Deputy Commissioner

Steve took up the position of Deputy Commissioner in 2017 and has worked at the ICO for over 10 years in a range of policy roles related to freedom of information and data protection,  during a crucial period of the ICO’s evolution. He has been engaged with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) since 2012 – leading the ICO’s input into the negotiations and then the implementation, including guidance. 

He currently leads the ICO’s regulatory strategy function that brings together the ICO’s international and domestic policy expertise, including horizon-scanning, government and parliamentary engagement, and delivery of the ICO international strategy.   

In November 2019 Steve was appointed chair of the OECD’s working group on Data Governance and Privacy.  He is also designated as an alternate member of the European Data Protection Board and is co-chair of the Commonwealth network of data protection authorities. 

Prior to joining the ICO Steve was a Senior Lecturer in Information Management at Liverpool John Moores University, co-authoring a textbook on Business Information Management and editing the freedom of information blog, which won the international information industry award for ‘best blog’ in 2005. 


Contributions by Steve Wood

  • Children's Privacy — The Implications of the U.K.'s Age-Appropriate Design Code
    Speaker at IAPP Data Protection Intensive: UK 2020 - Cancelled
  • Whose Eye is on The Five Eyes? An Intro to International Intel Oversight Bodies
    Speaker at Global Privacy Summit 2017
  • Opening General Session
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2017
  • Balancing Fundamental Rights: UK and CJEU Jurisprudence
    Speaker at IAPP Europe Data Protection Intensive 2016