We have recruited three staff in key roles as we continue to oversee and develop the Bailiwick’s new data protection laws, and ensure islanders’ rights are respected and their personal data are handled appropriately:
- Leanne Archer has started as Communications Manager with responsibility for internal and external communications.
- Mikael (Mike) Appelqvist joins as Office Manager to ensure the smooth running of our office, along with managing the Guernsey Data Protection Register.
- Tim Loveridge, has taken up our Interim Chief Operating Officer role. Tim brings valuable experience, especially from his prior roles as Chief Transformation Officer and Chief Risk Officer at the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. In his new role, Tim will be responsible for putting in place the necessary infrastructure to enable us to be an effective regulator.
Emma Martins, Guernsey’s Data Protection Commissioner, says the appointments are very important for the Island as the world of data protection evolves:
‘I’m delighted to welcome Leanne, Tim and Mike to the Office at this challenging but exciting time. Businesses in the Bailiwick expect and deserve high quality, proportionate and effective regulatory oversight. Equally, our residents deserve to have their personal data handled in fair and appropriate ways. All three individuals bring valuable experience and energy for the considerable work ahead. To find people who have both an interest in the work we do, together with the high level of skill we demand, demonstrates again how, even though we are a small jurisdiction, we can punch above our weight in this area.’
Leanne brings considerable experience in technical writing, including knowledge transfer work with UK government laboratories. She has a particular interest in plain English and is working to ensure all our communications are clear, concise and useful.
Mikael, originally from Sweden, has diverse skills and experience, and has held senior positions within the civil service, including working in the prison service and setting up the mental health law, including its code of practice and tribunals.
Tim has been working with us up until recently as project manager. He is a highly experienced change manager and technologist with experience of working in a regulatory environment in senior positions.