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.