Ken Macdonald

Information Commissioner's Office

Head of ICO Regions (Northern Ireland & Scotland)

About Ken Macdonald

Ken Macdonald, Head of ICO Regions, leads the Scotland and Northern Ireland offices. A graduate of Edinburgh (MA) and Aberdeen (PhD) universities, Ken joined the ICO in 2005 after a career in the higher education, private consultancy and local authority sectors.

Scotland has its own Information Commissioner who regulates the Freedom for Information (Scotland) Act which covers Scottish public authorities. Because of this, the main focus of our Scottish office is data protection, for which the ICO is the sole regulatory body in Scotland. However, the ICO does have regulatory power under the Freedom of Information Act for UK public authorities based in Scotland. These include:

  • The Forestry Commission;
  • BBC Scotland; and
  • The Scottish Consumer Council.