Training and coaching for senior officers

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Dear Information Commissioner’s Office,

Please could you tell me the names and roles of any senior manager who has received either coaching or mentoring from a private company or private individual over the past three financial years.

By senior manager, I mean the top five tiers of ICO staff.

Yours faithfully,

Pete Grotowski

Information Commissioner's Office

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11th November 2011

 

Case Reference Number IRQ0423954

 

Dear Mr Grotowski

 

Thank you for your correspondence dated 11 November 2011.

 

Your request is being dealt with in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  We will respond by 9 December 2011 which is 20
working days from the day after we received your request.

 

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this is an automated process; the information will not be read by a member
of our staff until your case is allocated to a request handler.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Iman Elmehdawy

Lead Internal Compliance Office

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2nd December 2011

 

Case Reference Number IRQ0423954

 

Dear Mr Grotowski

 

We are writing further to our email dated 11 November 2011 in which we
acknowledged your request for information to the Information
CommissionerÂ’s Office (ICO).

 

As previously explained we are treating your request as a request for
information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

 

Specifically your request stated;

“Please could you tell me the names and roles of any senior manager who
has received either coaching or mentoring from a private company or
private individual over the past three financial years.

By senior manager, I mean the top five tiers of ICO staff.”

 

In regard to your request we are unable to provide you with the
information which you seek, this is because this information is exempt
under section 40(2) of the FOIA by virtue of section 40(3)(a)(i). 

 

Section 40(2) allows a public authority to withhold information from a
response to a request when the information requested is personal data
relating to someone other than the requestor and either the first or
second condition in section 40(3) is satisfied.  In this instance the
disclosure would satisfy section 40(3)(a)(i) as to disclose such
information would contravene one of the Data Protection principles.

 

We consider that ICO employees who have received coaching or mentoring
would not anticipate or expect that their names would be disclosed in such
a context.  Therefore, we consider that such a disclosure would be unfair
to ICO employees and in breach of the first Data Protection principle
which states that – “Personal data shall be processed fairly and
lawfully”.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the response you have received and wish to
request a review of our decision or make a complaint about how your
request has been handled you should write to the Internal Compliance
Department at the address below or e-mail
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Your request for internal review should be submitted to us within 40
working days of receipt by you of this response.  Any such request
received after this time will only be considered at the discretion of the
Commissioner.

 

If having exhausted the review process you are not content that your
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handler under the legislation.  To make such an application, please write
to the First Contact Team, at the address below or visit the
‘Complaints’ section of our website to make a Freedom of Information Act
or Environmental Information Regulations complaint online.

 

A copy of our review procedure is available [3]here

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Joanne Crowley

Lead Internal Compliance Officer

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Dear Information Commissioner’s Office,

I would like to request an internal review.

The wording of my request was identical to that used by the applicant in the case of Gwent Police, reference number FS50350942. In that case, the Information Commissioner ordered disclosure. I believe that senior officials (at least) at the Information Commissioner's Office should expect the same scrutiny as those they demand of others, if not more.

I do not believe that officers at the ICO would have a reasonable expectation that they would be under this kind of scrutiny as paid employees of the FOI regulator.

Yours faithfully,

Pete Grotowski

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Dear Information Commissioner’s Office,

My apologies - the last sentence should have read 'would not expect'

Yours faithfully,

Pete Grotowski

Information Commissioner's Office

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5th December 2011

 

Case Reference Number RCC0426858

 

Dear Mr Grotowski

 

Thank you for your emails of 3 December 2011.

 

This correspondence will now be treated as a request for review of your
recent request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

We will respond by 4 January 2012 which, taking into account the bank
holidays, is 20 working days from the date we received your recent
correspondence.  This is in accordance with our internal review
procedures.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Joanne Crowley

Lead Internal Compliance Officer

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4th January 2012

 

Case Reference Number RCC0426858

 

Dear Mr Grotowski

 

I have reviewed the ICOÂ’s response to your FOI request, as you requested
by email on 3 December 2011.

 

Your request was: “Please could you tell me the names and roles of any
senior manager who has received either coaching or mentoring from a
private company or private individual over the past three financial
years.  By senior manager I mean the top five tiers of ICO staff.”

 

The relevant information held by the ICO was treated as exempt, being
personal information which it would be unfair to disclose.  Disclosure
would breach the data protection principles, so it was exempt under
section 40(2) of the FOI Act.

 

Having carefully considered the matter afresh, I am satisfied that, with
one exception, the names and roles of the employees concerned can be
disclosed without breaching the data protection principles. There are 12
people who, as senior managers at the ICO, accessed coaching or mentoring
from an external contractor during the period in question.  This service
was made available to those people as part of the ICOÂ’s Leadership
Development Programme for its senior managers.  A list of the names and
their roles will be forwarded to you very shortly.  Not all of the
individuals concerned are still employed by the ICO.

 

I am making an exception in relation to one additional person for whom
coaching or mentoring from an external contractor was made available other
than under the Leadership and Development Programme.  The individual
circumstances are such that I am satisfied that disclosure in that case
would breach the data protection principles.  Disclosure would be unfair
to the person concerned and would amount to an unwarranted interference
with their rights and freedoms.  To give further details would seriously
risk disclosing exempt information, but I can say that at the time the
service was accessed, the individual was more junior than those ICO staff
who would otherwise then have had access to coaching services.  Taken
with all the other circumstances this reduces the legitimate interest in
disclosure.  The information in respect of this one individual will
therefore not be disclosed.

 

If you are dissatisfied with this outcome, you have the right to make a
complaint in writing to the Information commissioner under section 50 of
the FOI Act.  In that event, your complaint would be investigated
independently by ICO staff who have not been involved so far in
considering your request. 

 

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I am arranging for the information which I consider should be disclosed to
your to be forwarded in the next few days.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Graham Smith

Deputy Commissioner

 

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Dear Information Commissioner’s Office,

Thanks for your response.

I accept your decision and look forward to receiving the information in due course.

Yours faithfully,

Pete Grotowski

Thank you for emailing the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).  This
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Yours sincerely

 

ICO Customer Contact Department

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Information Commissioner's Office

13th January 2012

Case Reference Number RCC0426858

Dear Mr Grotowski

We are writing further to Graham Smith’s email dated 4 January 2012 which
was in response to your internal review.
 
As outlined in Mr Smith’s email further information is to be provided to
you in regard to your request for the names and job titles of those
employees in the top five tiers at the ICO who received coaching or
mentoring in the last three financial years.  The names and job titles of
the employees concerned are as follows;
 
Christopher Graham (Information Commissioner)
Graham Smith (Deputy Commissioner)
Ken Macdonald (Assistant Commissioner Scotland & Northern Ireland)
Paul Arnold (Head of Customer Contact)
Jonathan Bamford (Head of Strategic Liaison)
Lesley Bett (Head of Internal Compliance)
Steve Wood (Head of Policy Delivery)
Andrew Laing (Head of Complaint Resolution)
Louise Webb (Head of Good Practice)
Michael Collins (Senior HR Manager)
Vicky Blainey (former Director of Organisational Development)
Susan Fox (former Director of Corporate Affairs)

Yours sincerely

Joanne Crowley
Lead Internal Compliance Officer

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Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF
Tel: 0303 123 1113 Fax: 01625 524 510 Web: www.ico.gov.uk