Started new role in October 2017 as group FC at a tech SME. The previous FD was due to retire at the end of the 2018, but this has accelerated due to his ill health, and I have now been promoted to group FD.
I love the role, great company, and glad I made the move. However, I have been asked/told I will be the group Data Protection Officer, which having researched this I feel unqualified to do so. I have explained my concerns informally to the MD who quickly dismissed these and said he was amazed I was doubting myself for such a trivial task.
I made a point of bumping into the previous FD at dinner and took the opportunity to ask for his views, and he suggested that a Data Protection Officer was just "common sense" and I shouldn’t worry about the appointment.
Am I being unreasonable? Could this be a threat to the ACCA fundamental principles?