Meet the Authority

The Law creates the independent Data Protection Authority which is tasked with the development and implementation of the regulatory regime necessary to oversee the Law's requirements. Comprising a Chair and between four and eight Members, the Authority provides governance to the Office of the Data Protection Authority (ODPA).

5 year term commencing May 2018

Richard was the UK’s Information Commissioner from 2002 to 2009, responsible for enforcement of the Data Protection and Freedom of Information Acts. He was subsequently the Chairman of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council and served as a Member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life from 2012 to 2017. In January 2018, he was appointed by the UK’s Prime Minister to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.

Richard Thomas CBE


5 year term commencing May 2018

John Curran is a former Chief Executive of the Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities (CICRA) and currently sits on the Board of the Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman and as a non-voting Member on the States of Guernsey Transport Licensing Authority (TLA). John has experience acting within a regulatory model and proven experience in interpreting and applying complex legislation.

John Curran

Voting member

4 year term commencing May 2018

Based in Brussels, Christopher has extensive experience in the field of data protection, having worked as Director of the Office of the European Data Protection Supervisor and before that as the Legal Adviser on data protection to the European Commission. He retired in 2018 as Honorary Director General of the EDPS and now teaches and writes extensively on data protection law.

Christopher Docksey

Voting member

5 year term commencing May 2018

Simon retired from the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in 2018 after 13 years’ service as a member of the ICO Management Board. He was originally the Chief Operating Officer and served as Deputy Commissioner and Deputy CEO, gaining vast experience of data protection. Simon has a clear analytical mind and the ability to understand and effectively communicate complex legislative issues to anyone.

Simon Entwisle

Voting member

4 year term commencing May 2018

Mark is Guernsey-based and retired as the Chief Secretary to the Committee for Home Affairs in April 2018 where he was instrumental in the strategic development of Guernsey’s data protection legislation. Mark has considerable experience strategically and operationally in the development, compliance and practical enforcement of statutory regimes including the implementation of new legislation and change management.

Mark Lempriere

Voting member

4 year term commencing May 2022

Jane is an information technology specialist with extensive experience of working with data from a technical perspective. Her career, which has taken her to the UK, USA and Europe, includes roles in medical research and pharmaceuticals, consultancy for Fortune 500 companies and over 14 years as Director of IT for the States of Guernsey. Jane is also a non-executive director of two local charities, Guernsey Chest and Heart and Guernsey Disability Alliance.  
Dr Jane Wonnacott

5 year term commencing May 2022

Nicola is the Senior Independent Director at the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office. She has more than a decade’s experience of leading public sector boards and is a former solicitor.
Nicola Wood

Meet the Commissioner

The Data Protection Commissioner is a statutory role, is an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Data Protection Authority and acts as the chief executive of that Authority with responsibility for day-to-day operations.

Emma Martins has been Data Protection Commissioner for the Bailiwick of Guernsey since 2012. At that time, she was also Information Commissioner for Jersey following the creation of a pan-Island regulatory office. Emma joined the Data Protection Office in Jersey in 2002 as Deputy Registrar and was appointed as Registrar in 2006. In 2017, the Jersey and Guernsey offices were separated, and Emma remained in her post for Guernsey leaving the Jersey role in early 2018.

Emma started her career in the civil service having gained a degree in Social Science and Politics. Her role as Support Manager for the States of Jersey Police introduced her to data protection many years ago and she has committed herself to the field ever since.

Emma Martins

Data Protection Commissioner