Who will be the next National Statistician?


  • Author: Statistics Views
  • Date: 13 January 2014
  • Copyright: Image copyright of UK Statistics Authority

The UK Statistics Authority has announced that an open competition to recruit a new National Statistican will start soon. Jil Matheson, the current National Statistician announced last week that she will step down from the role this summer. Ms Matheson became National Statistician on 1st September 2009 and is also Head of the Government Statistical Service (GSS) and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority.

Her career in statistics began in 1975 at the then Office for Population Census and Surveys. In 2002, Ms Matheson took the lead in the introduction of the UK National Statistics Code of Practice. In 2003, she moved to run the ONS Census Division and was later appointed Director of Census, Demographic and Regional Statistics, and in 2008 became Director General for Statistics Delivery at Office for National Statistics. In 2012, as well as becoming Chair of the OECD Committee on Statistics, Ms Matheson became a member of the UN-ECE Bureau for the Conference of European Statisticians and Vice-Chair of the UN Statistics Commission.

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Sir Andrew Dilnot acknowledged Matheson's contribution in a statement released by the Authority late last week. '“In my time as Chair of the Statistics Authority, I have been struck by how Jil engages, encourages and empowers colleagues to deliver of their best and, despite an unenviable diary of appointments, always ensures that she makes time to talk to anyone who might pass her desk, or meet her in the corridor, or even at the bus stop, in her typically relaxed, approachable and informal way. These are among the remarkable personal qualities which we will sorely miss. While Jil won’t be retiring until the summer, on behalf of the Board and staff of the UK Statistics Authority I would like to pay tribute, here, to Jil for all she has achieved. Jil will be a very hard act to follow. We say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ for her dedication, commitment and service to UK official statistics, and wish Jil all the very best for the future.”'

Further details will be announced here once released by the UK Statistics Authority.

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