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The Scottish Information Commissioner has a team of 22 people. Our office is in St Andrews, Fife.   Please contact us if you have questions about the Commissioner or the team.

There are three departments, each with a Head of Department who reports directly to the Commissioner. Each is supported by a team. 

The responsibilities of each Head of Department and their team are explained below.

The Enforcement Team

Margaret Keyse, Head of Enforcement

Margaret heads up the Enforcement Team, which manages the investigation of applications for decision made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004, as well as ensuring that public authorities comply with the legislation. She advises the Commissioner on legal issues, as she is the key in-house adviser to the Commissioner on freedom of information. Margaret is assisted by two deputies:

Euan McCulloch, Deputy Head of Enforcement
Alison Davies, Deputy Head of Enforcement

Euan and Alison each manage a team of Freedom of Information Officers. They ensure that investigations progress and that decisions are drafted in line with organisational standards.  

Freedom of Information Officers (Enforcement)

Our Freedom of Information Officers (Enforcement) are responsible for investigating appeals received by the Commissioner. They also provide guidance and advice on the Act and respond to enquiries from the public and public authorities.  They are supported by Validation Officer Pauline Keith and Support Assistant Andrea McEwan.  They are: 

  • Colin MacFadyen 
  • Julie Frew
  • John Kelly 
  • Avril Mills
  • Jennifer Ross  
  • George Will
  • Elaine Moffat
  • Wendy Snedden

 

The Policy and Information Team

Sarah Hutchison, Head of Policy and Information

Sarah heads up the Policy and Information Team,  responsible for: improving FOI practice in public authorities; promoting rights to the public; influencing and supporting cultural change; developing knowledge, expertise and relationships. The team delivers external communications (including the website), and learning and development activities (including the annual Centre for FOI conference for practitioners and our programme of roadshows). We also monitor FOI legislation and practical experience of it e.g., by operating the statistics portal and monitoring our intervention procedures. Much of the team's work is project-based, delivering outcomes to contribute to the Commissioner's strategic aims e.g., promoting FOI rights to young people, building the Commissioner's appeal portal, commissioning research around public authority practice or FOI users' experience.

Freedom of Information Officers (Policy and Information).

Our Freedom of Information Officers (Policy and Information) support Sarah in meeting her responsibilities.  Their workloads are very varied, including managing and delivering projects, producing external reports, regular research and external communications, including providing the Commissioner's press service.  As with their colleagues in the Enforcement Team, they also provide guidance and advice on the Act and respond to enquiries. They are supported by Administrative Assistant Lynsey McKenna. They are: 

  • Paul Mutch
  • Lorraine Currie
  • Claire Stephen

 

The Corporate Services Team 

Helen Gardner-Swift, Head of Corporate Services

Helen heads up the Corporate Services Team which provides services to enable the Scottish Information Commissioner to meet our duties. Helen provides assurance to the Commissioner as Accountable Officer, ensures that the organisation is run effectively and efficiently and has management responsibility for the full range of corporate functions, including Governance, Finance, Information Management, Risk, H&S, HR, Procurement & Contracts and IT.

Jann Wallace, Finance and Administration Manager

Jann is responsible for all aspects of our financial management as well as ensuring high quality corporate support to the Office and providing our frontline service to the public. She also ensures that the building meets all relevant statutory requirements for health and safety.

Administrators

The administrators provide a full range of support functions to the organisation and are the frontline point of contact with the public and public authorities.  They are:

  • Kim Berry
  • Liz Brown

 

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