Trustee Andrew Dilnot appointed Chair of Statistics Authority

16 December 2011

Andrew Dilnot

Nuffield Foundation Trustee Andrew Dilnot has been appointed chair of the UK Statistics Authority, the organisation responsible for the top level governance of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), and for the independent scrutiny of all UK official statistics.

Andrew’s appointment was officially endorsed by the House of Commons this week following his selection as preferred candidate by the Cabinet Office.

Addressing the House, Parliamentary Secretary to the Cabinet Office Nick Hurd said: “Two particular qualities are essential for the chair of the UK Statistics Authority: independence and a passion for statistics. The Government believe that Andrew Dilnot is superbly qualified in both respects.”

Andrew has been a Trustee of the Foundation since June 2009. He recently chaired the independent Commission on Funding of Care and Support and is Principal of St Hugh’s College Oxford and a Pro Vice Chancellor at Oxford.

An economist by training, Andrew was Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies from 1991 to 2002. He is also heavily involved in the debate about the use and understanding of statistics. He was the founding presenter of BBC Radio 4’s series on mathematics and statistics, More or Less. He has been the Chairman of the Statistics Users Forum since 2009.

The Chair of the Authority is a Crown appointment, as set out in the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. Sir Michael Scholar KCB, the first Chair of the Authority, will retire at the end of his term.