Information Commissioner’s Office appoints Rob Luke as new Deputy Commissioner

Rob Luke

Rob Luke

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has appointed a new Deputy Commissioner (Policy). Rob Luke will join the organisation on Monday 30 January. He was previously British High Commissioner to Malta, and has also served overseas in Brazil and Paris as well as in policy roles at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in central London.

Speaking about the appointment, Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said: “This is a time of change for information rights, but it’s also an exciting time. The new EU General Data Protection Regulation brings an opportunity to look at how we all do things afresh, and the ICO will be at the forefront of that process, helping organisations to improve how they comply with the law.”

Denham continued: “Rob will be a key part of that work. We’ll be drawing heavily on his leadership skills, and he’ll be central to our work on evolving the ICO to make sure we stay relevant, both to members of the public and the organisations we regulate. The digital world is a smaller world. The ICO will be taking an internationalist approach, continuing and growing our work with regulators around the world. Rob’s experience will be invaluable here, and I very much look forward to working with him.”

For his part, Rob Luke stated: “I’m delighted to be joining the ICO. The information rights landscape is evolving rapidly, and I look forward to working as part of the ICO’s team in anticipating and shaping that change in the public’s interest, engaging closely with our numerous stakeholders.”

Luke was educated at St George’s School in Harpenden and then at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He joined the British Diplomatic Service in 2000 after working for the UK’s Millennium Commission. Luke served initially at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London, working on the Middle East Peace Process.

In 2002, he was seconded to the Brazilian Diplomatic Institute before serving for three years as political and press officer at the British Embassy in Brasilia. He returned to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 2005 as head of the war crimes section in the International Organisations Department.

In 2008, Luke was seconded to the French Immigration Ministry and then served for four years as Counsellor for Justice and Home Affairs at the British Embassy in Paris.

Come 2012, he was appointed British High Commissioner to Malta, a position that he held until this year.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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