The current Information Commissioner is Christopher Graham, who replaced the outgoing Richard Thomas
Christopher Graham became Information Commissioner in June 2009. The Information Commissioner is appointed by HM The Queen and has independent status, reporting directly to Parliament, with a range of responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Data Protection Act 1998 and related laws. The functions of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) include promoting good practice, ruling on complaints and taking regulatory action.
Christopher’s career began at the BBC as a radio and TV journalist. Most recently he has been:
- Director General of the Advertising Standards Authority;
- Chairman of the European Advertising Standards Alliance; and
- Secretary of the BBC.
He was a Non-Executive Lay Representative of the Bar Standards Board and a Non-Executive Director of Electoral Reform Services Ltd. He studied History at Liverpool University and his interests include media, music, singing, history and writing.