October 23rd 2019 | Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh


Maureen H Falconer

Regional Manager, Scotland, Information Commissioner’s Office

Maureen Falconer joined the ICO in 2007, and is currently Regional Manager for the ICO’s Scotland Office. Maureen works with a variety of organisations, providing awareness-raising events, advice and guidance in all things data protection. Maureen sits on various development/steering groups, providing advice and guidance at the early stages of various public sector initiatives.

As well as the day-to-day management of the office, Maureen’s external remit includes the NHS, Local Government, Education and Social Work.

Prior to joining the ICO, Maureen worked in the Scottish Parliament as parliamentary researcher for Dennis Canavan MSP until his retirement in 2007. Coming from an academic background, Maureen lectured and researched in public administration with specific interests in education and health.

Dr Ken Macdonald

Head of ICO Regions, Information Commissioner’s Office

Ken Macdonald, Head of ICO Regions, leads our 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.

Amanda Williams

Director of Strategic Policy (Parliament and Government Affairs), Information Commissioner’s Office

Amanda started her career in the Home Office and subsequently led a number of policy areas in Government,  latterly as Head of Domestic Data Protection in DCMS where she led the development of the now Data Protection Act 2018. In addition to that work, Amanda also acted as the sponsor to the ICO. In 2017, Amanda took up a seconded post with the ICO in its Policy Directorate and in August 2018, she successfully applied for her current post. Amanda spends most of her time between London and Wilmslow but with responsibility for the ICO Regions, travelling to the ICO’s offices in Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh also forms part of her role.

Dr Kenneth Meechan

Head of Information and Data Protection, Glasgow City Council

Dr Kenneth Meechan is Head of Information and Data Protection Officer for Glasgow City Council.  He has led the council’s major GDPR implementation programme since 2016 and, since April 2018, is statutory DPO for the council and its arms’ length external organisations. Dr Meechan is a qualified Scottish solicitor and an acknowledged expert in data protection and FOI.  He is convenor of the Law Society of Scotland’s accreditation panel for data protection and FOI and a member of the Society’s privacy law committee, and also chairs the Data Protection and FOI working group of SOLAR (Society of Local Authority Lawyers and Administrators in Scotland).  He is a regular conference speaker and is often asked to join specialist working groups on areas such as public records legislation and, most recently, the “Named Person” legislation.

Colan Mehaffey

Chief Operating Officer, Health and Social Care Sector - Data Driven Innovation Programme, University of Edinburgh

Colan is Chief Operating Officer at the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He leads the health & social care sector strategy and implementation for the Data Driven Innovation programme, a major new initiative to increase the provision of data and digital skills in the workforce and use the region’s world-leading expertise in research and data analytics to improve products and services, transforming the City Region into the data capital of Europe.

Colan was Head of Web Strategy & Technologies at the University, working across the institution to develop a comprehensive strategy, roadmap and programme of activities. He delivered change across centrally-supplied services, and worked with colleagues across the University to co-design the strategy, establish the change programme and secure funding.

Prior to this, he was a Lead Digital Consultant to the Scottish Government, developing digital transformation strategy and programmes, specifically in the Health and Justice sectors. He worked with a number of Scottish Government agencies and NHS bodies, including the Scottish Prison Service, NHS24 and National Services Scotland.