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.