Sir John Goldring appointed as the new Intelligence Services Commissioner
Sir John Goldring has been appointed to the role of Intelligence Services Commissioner by the Prime Minister.
The former high court judge, will take up his appointment on January 1, 2017, overseeing the use of the intrusive powers by the UK intelligence services and parts of the MOD. He is expected to be in post until it is abolished in accordance with the Investigatory Powers Bill, which will see the existing oversight framework overhauled, and a stronger Investigatory Powers Commissioner introduced.
The current Intelligence Services Commissioner , Sir Mark Waller, will be retiring on 31 December 2016, having served six years in the role.
The Rt Hon Sir John Goldring, 71, was called to the Bar in 1969 and became a QC in 1987. He was appointed a High Court Judge of the Queen’s Bench Division in December 1999. Between 2002 and 2005 he was Presiding Judge of the Midland Circuit.
He was appointed as a judge of the Court of Appeal and Deputy Senior Presiding Judge in October 2008 and Senior Presiding Judge on 1 January 2010 until December 2012. Sir John retired as a judge in November 2014. He has recently concluded the Hillsborough Inquest.
He has been President of the Court of Appeal in the Cayman Islands since February 2016.
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