Vacancy – Independent Member of Research Accreditation Panel

We are looking to appoint independent members to the UK Statistics Authority’s Research Accreditation Panel.

If successful in your application you would play an important role in improving and providing access to public authority de-identified data for the purposes of public good research, through the operationalisation of the Research strand of the Digital Economy Act.

About the Research Accreditation Panel:

Chaired by Professor Paul Boyle CBE, FRSE, FBA, the purpose of the Research Accreditation Panel is to oversee the accreditation of processors, researchers and research projects under the research framework in the Digital Economy Act (DEA) 2017. The UK Statistics Authority is the statutory accrediting body under the DEA, and has appointed the Research Accreditation Panel to oversee these accreditation decisions to ensure that they are independent, consistent and transparent.

More about the Panel:

  • Supports better access to data for research across the UK using the Digital Economy Act’s research framework, enabling the production of statistics and research for the public good;
  • Contributes to wider strategic discussions on enabling and improving research access to de-identified administrative and survey data owned by multiple public authorities;
  • Assesses research project applications requesting access to de-identified public authority data for the purposes of public good research to ensure that projects are of public benefit, demonstrate analytical merit and have considered the ethical implications of the research;
  • Provides the governance of the accreditation of researchers who wish to use the Digital Economy Act 2017 to access de-identified public authority data; and
  • Oversees the accreditation of processing environments that prepare and/or provide access to data available under the Digital Economy Act 2017, including providing scrutiny of the security standards, policies and procedures that processors must comply with to become Accredited Processors.

We are seeking candidates with an interest in enabling access to data safely, securely and ethically. This could include experience in one or more of the following fields:

  • Social research
  • Economic research
  • Data science
  • Data linkage
  • Data protection
  • Data ethics
  • Data security

The UK Statistics Authority is an independent body at arm’s length from government. The Authority has a statutory objective of promoting and safeguarding the production and publication of official statistics that ‘serve the public good’. The public good includes:

  • informing the public about social and economic matters;
  • assisting in the development and evaluation of public policy; and
  • regulating quality and publicly challenging the misuse of statistics

The collective mission of the official statistics system is to provide high quality data and analysis to inform the UK, improve lives and build the future. Our remit covers the three principal elements of the UK official statistics system:

  • the Government Statistical Service (GSS), which is the cross-government community of all those involved in the production of official statistics in the UK;
  • the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which is the executive office of the UK Statistics Authority and the largest producer of official statistics in the UK;
  • the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) which is the regulatory arm of the UK Statistics Authority. It assesses official statistics for compliance with the Code of Practice for Statistics, reports on system-wide issues and on how statistics are used, celebrating when the standards are upheld and challenging publicly when they are not.

How to apply:

To apply for this post, you must provide a covering letter of no more than one pages of A4 setting out why you are interested in the role and clearly setting out how you meet the criteria above.

You should send the above by email to: Research.Accreditation@Statistics.gov.uk

Please contact Research.Accreditation@Statistics.gov.uk for more information about these positions.

The application deadline for these positions is 26 November 2020.

ONS appoints new Second Permanent Secretary and Director General for Data Capability

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has announced two new senior appointments to deliver its radical and ambitious 5-year strategy ‘Statistics for the Public Good’.

Sam Beckett has been appointed to the role of Second Permanent Secretary and Deputy Chief Executive at ONS.

Sam brings a host of experience to the role, most recently as the Acting Permanent Secretary at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Prior to that she held a number of Director General roles in the department, including Director General for Trade, Europe and Analysis. She is also Joint Head of the Government Economics Service and will retain this responsibility as part of her new role.

Alison Pritchard has been appointed to the role of Director General for Data Capability. Alison joins from the Government Digital Service (GDS), which she joined in 2018 as Chief Operating Officer, before becoming Director of EU Exit and Transformation and, more recently, its Interim Director General.

With more than three decades of experience within the Civil Service, she has worked across a range of departments, including the Ministry of Defence, HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, Home Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Sir Ian Diamond said:

“It is an absolute pleasure to have Sam and Alison join the ONS and further strengthen our leadership team. This is clear recognition of the value offered by the ONS and the ambitions we have for the statistical system.

Sam brings with her a wealth of experience that will help the organisation to deliver the radical and ambitious programme of work set out in our new strategy, Statistics for the Public Good.

Alison will take on the vital role to lead our Data Capability work, driving forward our radical new strategy to mobilise the power of data.

I would like to thank Frankie Kay, who has provided strong, supportive leadership as our interim Director General for Data Capability and will now take on the important role to lead our work integrating data across government.”


Portrait image of Sam Beckett

Sam said:

“I am very excited to be joining the Office for National Statistics at this crucial time and look forward to supporting Sir Ian and all the ONS staff in their vital work.”

 

 


Portrait image of Alison PritchardAlison said:

“I’m excited to join the ONS at such a crucial time. The ONS has been at the heart of data excellence, informing Britain’s fight against coronavirus and providing vital insight into our economy and people as we look to recover from this virus.

I’m looking forward to leading such a talented team as we seek to revolutionise our approach to harnessing data. I am keen to ensure that journey is dynamic, ethically outstanding and exciting for the ONS, its users and key stakeholders.”


Sam will take up her role on 9 September and Alison will take up her role on the 5 October.

Appointment of two new Non-Executive Directors to the UK Statistics Authority Board

Richard Dobbs and Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter have have been appointed as non-executive board members of the UK Statistics Authority for a period of three years, commencing today (Wednesday 27 May 2020).

Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir David Norgrove, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Richard and David as non-executive members of the UK Statistics Authority Board. Richard brings to the Board strong insight into global economic trends, and David is one of our leading experts in the communication of statistics and risk particularly in relation to health. Both have been strong advocates for the power of data and evidence to help people. The Board and I are very much looking forward to working with both of our new members.”

Richard Dobbs said:

“I am delighted and honoured to be appointed to the Board at this challenging time. The Office for National Statistics is already providing us all with deep insights on the COVID-19 pandemic. As we emerge from the crisis the ONS and the UK Statistics Authority will play a pivotal role in helping policymakers, companies and citizens navigate the new normal.”

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically highlighted the importance of timely and trustworthy statistics, and I am so pleased that I am going to have the opportunity to help in the UK Statistics Authority’s vital work.”

 

 

Related links

Biography of Richard Dobbs

Biography of Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter

 

Further information

The UK Statistics Authority is an independent body operating at arm’s length from government as a non-ministerial department, directly accountable to Parliament. It was established on 1 April 2008 by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.

The Authority’s statutory objective is to promote and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. It is also required to promote and safeguard the quality and comprehensiveness of official statistics and ensure good practice in relation to official statistics.

Ian Diamond appointed as UK’s National Statistician

Her Majesty the Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister, has appointed Professor Sir Ian Diamond as National Statistician. Sir Ian succeeds John Pullinger, who retired at the end of June.

The National Statistician is the Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, Permanent Secretary of the Office for National Statistics and Head of the Government Statistical Service. As Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir Ian will be an executive member of the Board of the UK Statistics Authority.

Sir Ian’s career spans many areas of social and official statistics. Most recently, he served as Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, and prior to that held the role of Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy, Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Social Sciences.

Sir David Norgrove, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, warmly welcomed Sir Ian’s appointment:

“I am delighted that we have appointed Sir Ian as the UK Statistics Authority’s new Chief Executive and National Statistician. Ian brings with him enormous professional experience and particular expertise in census design and analysis.

“I would like to record my warm thanks for John Pullinger’s exemplary leadership of the Statistical Service over the last five years as National Statistician before his recent retirement. We have valued enormously John’s professional wise counsel and wish him well for the future.”

The Chief Executive of the Civil Service, John Manzoni, said:

“I would like to congratulate Sir Ian on his appointment. With his considerable standing in the statistics community and talent for analysing large and complex data on population stastistics, I am sure he will provide strong direction for the UK Statistics Authority and Office for National Statistics.

I would also like to thank John Pullinger for his excellent work over the last five years and wish him all the very best for the future”

On the announcement of his appointment by Her Majesty the Queen, Sir Ian Diamond said:

“The UK’s statistical system is one admired world-over and it is an enormous privilege to have been appointed as the UK’s National Statistician. I’m looking forward to building on the work of John Pullinger, as we make use of rich new data sources to deliver the data decision-makers across the UK need.

“I’m particularly excited to be working with staff across the Office for National Statistics and the Government Statistical Service, as we empower our partners in Parliament, academia, business and beyond with trusted and quality data.”

 

Notes to editors:

Professor Sir Ian David Diamond, FBA, FRSE, FAcSS is the former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen. Previous roles include Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council, Chair of the Research Councils UK Executive Group and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton. Sir Ian served as chairman of the Social Security Advisory Committee from August 2018 until his appointment as National Statistician. He also served as a non-executive director at the UK Statistics Authority Board until his appointment as National Statistician.

Sir Ian will join as National Statistician on a full-time basis on 22 October 2019. In the intervening period, he will be working to familiarise himself with staff, stakeholders and the statistical system.

Appointment of Helen Boaden to the UK Statistics Authority Board

Helen Boaden has been appointed as a non-executive board member of the UK Statistics Authority. Helen has been appointed for a period of three years, commencing today.

Helen has spent much of her career at the BBC, where she joined as a reporter in local radio and ended as the BBC Executive Board as its Director of Radio. In her role as Director of BBC Radio, Helen was responsible for the strategic performance and operational delivery of all ten BBC Network Radio Stations on air, online and through social media.

Since leaving the BBC, she has pursued her interest in the intersection between press, politics and public policy, at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard. She also sits as a non-executive on several Boards.


Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, Sir David Norgrove, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Helen Boaden as a non-executive member of the UK Statistics Authority Board. Helen brings with her a wealth of professional experience in communications and journalism, which will be invaluable to us all at the UK Statistics Authority. I am very much looking forward to working with Helen.”


Minister for the Constitution, Kevin Foster, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Helen to the UK Statistics Authority Board.

Helen will be a valuable addition to the UK Statistics Authority Board, particularly in overseeing the delivery of effective communications ahead of the 2021 Census for England and Wales, and in improving the communication of official statistics more broadly.”


Helen said:

“The independence and professionalism of the UK Statistics Authority and ONS are admired around the world and their work is vital to the health of our democracy. I am delighted and honoured to be appointed to the Board and look forward to helping with the challenges ahead.”

 

Further information

The UK Statistics Authority is an independent body operating at arm’s length from government as a non-ministerial department, directly accountable to Parliament. It was established on 1 April 2008 by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.

The Authority’s statutory objective is to promote and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. It is also required to promote and safeguard the quality and comprehensiveness of official statistics and ensure good practice in relation to official statistics.

For more information, contact 03000 671570.

Appointment of Sian Jones as Deputy Chair of the Authority

The UK Statistics Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of Sian Jones as the new Deputy Chair of the UK Statistics Authority. She replaces Professor Sir Adrian Smith, who stepped down from the role in December 2018, and who continues to serve as a member of the Authority Board.

Sian Jones joined the Authority as a non-executive member of the UK Statistics Authority Board, starting post on 1 July 2016 for a period of three years. Sian has been re-appointed for a further five years, ending on 1 July 2024.

Re-appointment of Professor Sir Adrian Smith FRS

The UK Statistics Authority is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Professor Sir Adrian Smith as a non-executive member of the UK Statistics Authority Board, and Deputy Chair of the UK Statistics Authority.

Sir Adrian’s re-appointment was approved under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. He has been re-appointed for a period of two years, ending on 31 August 2020.

Appointments to the Board of the UK Statistics Authority

The UK Statistics Authority warmly welcomes the appointment of Professor Sir Ian Diamond and Professor Anne Trefethen as non-executive members of the UK Statistics Authority Board.  Both have been appointed for four-year terms, commencing today.

Speaking today, Sir David Norgrove, Chair of the UK Statistics Authority, said:

“I am delighted to welcome Ian and Anne as non-executive members of the UK Statistics Authority. Ian’s experience working within the research community and Anne’s experience on numerical algorithms will be of enormous benefit to the UK Statistics Authority Board, as we work to mobilise the power of data.”

For more information please contact: +44 (0)7818 011 583.


Notes for editors:

The UK Statistics Authority is an independent body operating at arm’s length from government as a non-ministerial department, directly accountable to Parliament. It was established on 1 April 2008 by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.

The Authority’s statutory objective is to promote and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. It is also required to promote and safeguard the quality and comprehensiveness of official statistics, and ensure good practice in relation to official statistics.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond FBA FRSE FAcSS
Professor Sir Ian Diamond was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen from 2010 to 2018.  He was previously Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research (ESRC) Council and, from 2004 to 2009, Chair of the Research Councils UK Executive Group (2004-2009).   Before joining the ESRC, Sir Ian was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southampton, where he had been for most of his career.

Sir Ian is Chair of British Universities and Colleges Sport, Chair of Edinburgh College of Further Education, Chair of Plan International UK and a Board member of UK Research and Innovation. He chaired the Welsh Assembly Government of the Higher Education Review for Wales reporting in 2016.  Sir Ian was elected to the UK Academy of Social Sciences in 1999, is a Fellow of the British Academy (2005), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2009) and holds honorary degrees from the universities of Cardiff, Glasgow and Curtin. 

Ian was appointed to the UK Statistics Authority Board on 7 June 2018, for a four-year term.

Professor Anne Trefethen FBCS FREng

Anne Trefethen is a Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor of Scientific Computing and Fellow of St Cross College at the University of Oxford.   Prior to being appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Gardens, Libraries and Museums) in January 2015, she was appointed as the University’s first Chief Information Officer in March 2012.

Anne joined the University to lead the creation of the Oxford e-Research Centre where she served as the Director for over 6 years.  Her research has been focused on high-performance numerical algorithms and large-scale scientific applications.  She has contributed to the fields of parallel numerical algorithms, software design and engineering and most recently to energy-aware algorithms. Before coming to Oxford in 2005, she was a Director of the UK e-Science Core Programme working with the Research Councils and DTI (now Innovate UK). She has spent ten years in the US at Thinking Machines Inc. and as Associate Director at the Theory Centre, Cornell University.

Anne was appointed to the UK Statistics Authority Board on 7 June 2018, for a four-year term.

Re-appointment of Professor David Hand OBE FBA

The UK Statistics Authority is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Professor David Hand as a non-executive member of the UK Statistics Authority Board.

Professor Hand’s re-appointment was approved under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. He has been re-appointed for a period of three years, ending on 1 April 2021.

Re-appointment of Dr David Levy

The UK Statistics Authority is pleased to announce the re-appointment of Dr David Levy as a non-executive member of the Board of the UK Statistics Authority following the approval of the Minister for the Cabinet Office under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. Dr David Levy has been re-appointed for a term of twenty-two months, ending on 31 May 2019.