John Edwards expected to start as UK Information Commissioner on 3 January

John Edwards, who is currently serving as the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner, was approved by the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee as the next Information Commissioner after a pre-appointment hearing on 9 September 2021. Mr Edwards is expected to take up his position on 3 January 2022.

Elizabeth Denham’s term as the Information Commissioner comes to an end on 30 November.

Paul Arnold, the ICO’s Deputy Chief Executive, will be designated as the ICO’s Accounting Officer from 1 December 2021 until 2 January 2022. The regulatory responsibilities of the Commissioner are delegated to Deputy Commissioners through the ICO’s Scheme of Delegation. This ensures continuity of regulatory decision making during this period.

See: GOV.UK - UK’s new Information Commissioner formally appointed