Richard Thomas has joined Hunton & Williams' Centre for Information Policy Leadership as a strategy adviser.

Formerly UK Information Commissioner until his retirement in June 2009, Thomas advised Parliament on a variety of issues under the Data Protection Act 1998, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and other related laws. He also served as a member of the European Union's Article 29 Working Party on data protection.

Law firm Hunton & Williams founded the Centre for Information Policy Leadership in 2001, in collaboration with several global companies. In his new role, Thomas will develop the centre's knowledge on new approaches to global information security strategies and policies across public and private sectors.

Martin Abrams, executive director of the centre, said: “We are delighted that Richard has chosen to join the Centre for Information Policy Leadership. His addition complements our international reach and, as one of the most respected privacy practitioners on the international stage, his unique regulatory and commercial experience will make a significant contribution to the centre's global reputation.”

Thomas said: “I have long been an admirer of the centre's responsible and constructive approach and I welcome the association with Hunton & Williams, which is one of the world's top law firms for privacy and information management.”