Christopher Graham has been announced as the (really very likely but still subject to final confirmation) successor to the post of Information Commissioner when Richard Thomas retires in June this year.
With over eight years of experience at the helm as Director-General of the Advertising Standards Authority, Mr Graham (or Commissioner Graham as we should get used to calling him!) certainly brings a great deal of regulatory experience to the job. What his stance on big ticket issues in data protection and freedom of information will be is unknown but Datonomy thinks his jounalist background should bring an interesting twist and it it is good to see that, in talking about his potential new job, he has realistically recognised it as a “challenge”.
His selection is the preferred choice of the Ministry of Justice but is still subject to scrutiny by the House of Commons justice select committee. A formal announcement is therefore still pending.