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Graham Frank Smith

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Deputy Commissioner

Phone: +44 **** ******  HQ Phone
Email: g***@***.uk
Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House Water Lane
Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF
United Kingdom

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Background

Employment History

  • Director of FOI
    Information Commissioner's Office
  • Deputy Information Commissioner and Director
    FOI
  • Member, Information Commissioner's Office
    FOI
  • Assistant Chief Executive Officer and Solicitor
    Oldham MBC
  • Deputy Commissioner and Director
    Freedom of Information for the ICO

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Diploma , Local Government Law and Practice
  • law degree
    University of Sheffield
42 Total References
Web References
Management Board - Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
ico.org.uk, 21 Oct 2014 [cached]
Graham Smith
Graham Smith is Deputy Commissioner and Director of Freedom of Information for the ICO.
Prior to his appointment as Deputy Commissioner in 2001, Graham enjoyed a career in local government, working for four local authorities over 20 years. He holds a law degree from the University of Sheffield and a Diploma in Local Government Law and Practice. He was admitted as a Solicitor in 1982. He joined the ICO from Oldham MBC, where he was Assistant Chief Executive and Solicitor to the Council. One of two Deputy Commissioners, Graham has lead responsibility for promoting and enforcing Freedom of Information.
» role of FOI Officer FOI Man
www.foiman.com, 18 Aug 2011 [cached]
(DPP v Smith [1991] 1 VR 63 at 75 for those lawyers amongst you who like to check my facts)
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Interestingly, Graham Smith of the ICO later argued that the private sector was effectively covered under the existing Act, as FOI continues to cover services provided on behalf of public bodies.
Lord McNally stated that the changes to the Information Commissioner's role proposed in the Protection of Freedoms Bill were designed to strengthen the independence of the Commissioner. The Commissioner himself welcomed them later in the day, though he did suggest that if the Commissioner is only to serve one term, that term ought to be longer.
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Graham Smith, Director of FOI at the ICO, struck a cautious note. He commented that FOI was certainly embedded in the public sector; everyone knows they have to comply, but whether they want to is very much another matter. There is a culture of compliance rather than openness at present, in his view. The Government's transparency agenda is very much welcomed by the ICO. Graham spoke of a lack of political direction on openness in the past which has contributed to lack of progress in changing the culture.
An interesting point raised by Graham was the fact that our FOI legislation was very much designed with paper record-keeping systems in mind. Now that much of the work of Government is carried out electronically, does that affect the effectiveness of the Act? Finally, he observed that the private sector appeared to be 'waking up' to FOI. Not just in terms of using it, but in realising the implications of FOI for their dealings with the public sector.
Announcing the publication of today's ...
ico.org.uk, 7 May 2014 [cached]
Announcing the publication of today's monitoring list, the ICO's Deputy Commissioner and Director of Freedom of Information, Graham Smith, said:
Graham Smith - Deputy ...
www.pdpconferences.com, 16 May 2014 [cached]
Graham Smith - Deputy Information Commissioner and Director of FOI, Information Commissioner's Office
Graham Smith - Information ...
www.pdpconferences.com, 23 Feb 2012 [cached]
Graham Smith - Information Commissioners Office
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Graham Smith Deputy Information Commissioner and Director of FOI Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
Keynote Speaker Graham Smith was appointed Deputy Information Commissioner in 2001 when the functions of the former Data Protection Commissioner were extended to cover freedom of information. Prior to that Graham enjoyed a career in local government, working for 4 local authorities over a 20 year period. He holds a law degree from the University of Sheffield and a Diploma in Local Government Law and Practice. He was admitted as a Solicitor in 1982. He joined the Information Commissioner's Office from Oldham MBC, where he was Assistant Chief Executive and Solicitor to the Council. One of two Deputy Commissioners who together head up the ICO's policy and strategy functions, Graham has lead responsibility for FOI and access to environmental information.
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