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Simon McDougall

Executive Director Technology Policy and Innovation, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), UK

Simon McDougall

Simon McDougall took up the position of Executive Director in October 2018. A member of the Executive Team, he is responsible for leading the work of the Technology and Innovation Directorate, ensuring delivery of ICO strategic goals through stakeholder liaison, guidance, research and international activity.

His work includes helping the ICO identify, understand and address emerging technologies with privacy implications, supporting the ICO’s innovation agenda, and making the ICO itself more ‘tech savvy’.

Prior to this appointment, Mr 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 UK.  

Mr McDougall is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He also studied English Literature at Somerville College, Oxford.

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