Executive Director, Technology, Policy and Innovation, UK Information Commissioner’s Office
Simon McDougall was appointed the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office executive director for technology, policy and innovation in October 2018. A member of the executive team, he is responsible for leading the work of the Technology Policy and Innovation Directorate, ensuring delivery of ICO strategic goals through stakeholder liaison, guidance, research and international activity.
McDougall’s work includes helping the ICO identify, understand and address emerging technologies with privacy implications, supporting the ICO’s innovation agenda, and making the ICO more ‘tech savvy’.
Prior to this appointment, McDougall led a global privacy consulting practice at Promontory, an IBM company, leading projects across Europe, the US and Asia. He previously led a similar team for Deloitte in the U.K.
McDougall is qualified as a chartered accountant, and read English literature at Somerville College, Oxford.