UK Statistics Authority Board
Change Management, Communication, Technology / Digital, Major Projects, Transformation
Number of vacancies
Length of term
11:55pm on 2 October 2022
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Timeline for this appointment
29 July 2022
11:55pm on 2 October 2022
Timeline dates are only an estimate and can change
Introduction from the Chair
Thank you for your interest in this vacancy for a non-executive member of the UK Statistics Authority
This opportunity to join the Board comes at a time when public awareness of and trust in official
statistics is running high. But we can never be complacent. The Board has a vital role to work with
colleagues across the Office for National Statistics, Office for Statistics Regulation and the
Government Statistical Service to deliver and build upon the transformative strategy underway and
to stand up for the proper use of official statistics whenever that is necessary. In doing all of this we
as a system need to be outward-facing, open and responsive, ensuring that we serve the public
good as best we can across the entire United Kingdom.
You may already have some idea about the important work of
the UK Statistics Authority and this pack will tell you more
about our purpose, the nature of the Board and this role, and
the application process. You can find more information about
our work and our strategy on our website:
If you have further questions about any aspect of this post or
about the appointment process, you are welcome to speak to
Harlan Matthews (020 7112 0122) or Ross Tivey (020 7592
8644) at the UK Statistics Authority.
If you believe you have the experience and qualities we are
seeking, we are very much look forward to hearing from you.
Sir Robert Chote
Chair of the UK Statistics Authority
This is both a challenging and exciting time to join the UK Statistics Authority. We are looking to appoint an individual with commitment and expertise to the Board.
Whilst the Board’s Chair has overall responsibility for the performance of the Board, all members of the Board have an important individual and collective role in working with the Chair, the Chief Executive and the Senior Management Team to evolve the strategic direction of the body, to ensure delivery goals, and to ensure that it fulfils the governance, financial management, and efficiency standards required of it as a public body.
The Authority’s statutory objective is to promote and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. The Authority’s functions relate to its statutory areas of responsibility:
• Oversight of the UK official statistics system, which includes around 30 central government departments and the devolved administrations, and the promotion, safeguarding and monitoring of quality, comprehensiveness and good practice in relation to all official statistics;• Production of a Code of Practice for Statistics and assessment of official statistics against the Code;• Governance of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR); and
Cabinet Office Ministers are responsible for accounting for statistical business in Parliament. They are also responsible for the non executive appointments to the Authority’s board (excluding the Chair’s appointment which is a Crown appointment). Ministers have no role in the decision making of the Authority’s Board. A Memorandum of Understanding describes the responsibilities of the Cabinet Office with respect to the UK Statistics Authority, as an independent statutory body.
The Board currently comprises 12 Members.
Members of the Board are listed below and
biographical information for each Board
Member can be found on the UK Statistics
● Sir Robert Chote (Chair)
● Sian Jones (Deputy Chair)
● Helen Boaden
● Professor Anne Trefethen
● Professor Jonathan Haskel
● Nora Nanayakkara
● Richard Dobbs
● Professor Sir David Speigelhalter
● Professor Sir Jon Aston
● Professor Sir Ian Diamond (National
● Ed Humpherson, Director General for
● Sam Beckett, Second Permanent
Regulation of appointment
This post is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. For more information, please refer to the Commissioner’s website