Speaker Profile: Helen Dixon

Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland


Helen Dixon was appointed as Data Protection Commissioner in September 2014, following a public, competitive and independent process.

Commissioner Dixon previously held the role of Registrar in the Companies Registration Office for five years.

Prior to that, she held senior civil service roles in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in the areas of economic migration policy and, formerly, science, technology and innovation policy.

A member of the Article 29 Working Party on the Protection of Individuals with Regard to the Processing of Personal Data, the Committee of European Data Protection Supervisors, Commissioner Dixon is also Ireland's representative on the European Joint Supervisory Bodies for Europol, the Customs Information System, Schengen and Eurojust.

These bodies supervise the manner in which personal data is processed within these systems.

The Commissioner spent the first ten years of her career in the IT industry, working for two US multinationals with EMEA bases in Dublin.

Commissioner Dixon holds an undergraduate degree in Applied Languages, a Masters in European Economic and Public Affairs, a Masters in Governance, a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science, a professional Diploma in Official Statistics for Policy Evaluation  and successfully passed all 8 subjects of the FE-1 Final Examination of the Law Society of Ireland in one year.

She was delighted to have been awarded an honorary fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) in 2014.