John Pullinger – National Statistician
John is the UK's National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service (GSS) and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority. The latter role includes executive responsibility for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and strategic oversight of its work.
Ian Cope – Interim Deputy National Statistician and Director General for Population and Public Policy
Ian is the interim Director General for Population and Public Policy. As one of three Deputy National Statisticians, he provides leadership across the GSS and internationally. He leads ONS's data collection, the census and social analysis, and co-ordinates GSS work supporting public policy.
Heather Savory – Deputy National Statistician and Director General for Data Capability
Heather is the Director General for Data Capability. She is responsible for the capability of ONS, ensuring that everybody has the technology and skills to enable them to do their job effectively. Heather works to promote trust in the analysis we produce. Heather also champions openness across the wider data community.
Jonathan Athow – Deputy National Statistician and Director General for Economic Statistics
Jonathan is the Director General for Economic Statistics. Jonathan works alongside the National Statistician and other Deputy National Statisticians, to deliver the Better Statistics, Better Decisions strategy.
Paul Layland – Director, Finance
Paul is Chief Finance Officer and directly supports the National Statistician in his role as Accounting Officer. Paul leads the organisation in good financial management so that public money is safeguarded and used appropriately and efficiently.
Emma Rourke – Director, Public Policy Analysis
Emma oversees the analytical support for social and socio-economic analysis at ONS, creating planned and responsive outputs to support public policy decisions at national and local level. This includes migration and population change, public service efficiency, sustainability, health and care, crime and inequalities. This activity provides statistics and analysis to inform conversations and decisions relating to key public debates such as Brexit and other significant public decisions, cities, regions and areas of the UK, cohesion and social change, and ageing. Emma and her team work closely with government departments, think-tanks and policy bodies to ensure a range of helpful, relevant outputs that help Britain make better decisions.
Nick Vaughan – Chief Economic Adviser and Director, National Accounts and Economic Statistics
As Chief Economist, Nick works with the other directors to provide economic interpretation and analysis. Nick manages our relationships with HM Treasury, the Bank of England and the Office for Budget Responsibility.
Nick is also responsible for ensuring that ONS is a trusted and authoritative producer and publisher of UK economic statistics. He leads business process improvement, quality management and the delivery of regular statistical outputs. Nick's responsibilities include national accounts, price statistics, labour market statistics and public sector finances.
David Best – Director, Digital Services and Technology
David is responsible for updating our delivery capability and providing a secure digital organisation. He is also responsible for making the best use of technology and systems to capture, process and publish data more efficiently.
Neil Wooding – Director, Business Services and Development
Neil is responsible for business planning, the ONS Investment Portfolio, human resources, security and property. He is also responsible for leading programme, portfolio and project management and procurement and commercial activity.
Pete Benton – Director, Data Collection
Pete leads business and social data collection transformation, which will rationalise our numerous business and social surveys to make the best use of government and commercial data sources, moving them online, moving towards shared IT systems across ONS and to modernise our social survey field operations. This will bring about a step change in the breadth and depth of our statistics, reduce costs and reduce the burden on survey respondents. Our transformation of the population census also gives a significant opportunity to bring together our social survey and census data collection activities.
Frankie Kay – Director, Economic Statistics Transformation
Frankie is responsible for the delivery of the Economic Statistics Transformation Programme. As a result of Professor Sir Charles Bean’s independent review of economic statistics and the 2015 Spending Review there is a need to make substantial changes to the way in which economic statistics are produced. Frankie will lead the introduction of new methods and data sources as well as developing new capabilities and ways of working within economic statistics.
Ben Humberstone – Interim Director, Census
Ben is responsible for the Census Transformation Programme, which will deliver a predominantly online census of all 26 million households and communal establishments in England and Wales. He is also responsible for the development of alternative census estimates based on administrative data, benchmarked to the 2021 Census.
Sarah Henry – Director for Methods, Data and Research
Sarah oversees the Methodology Group, which provides the lead on the statistical methods and techniques that underpin our surveys and statistical outputs. The group provides advice on best practice and guidance on all parts of the statistical process including: statistical design and infrastructure, survey and sample design, data linkage and editing, disclosure control, harmonisation, revisions and the management and measurement of quality. The group is increasingly focusing on the use of Data Science, Big Data and the growing importance of digital technologies.
Tom Smith – Managing Director of the Data Science Campus
Tom manages the Newport-based Data Science Campus, a hub for the UK public and private sectors to gain practical advantage from the increased investment in data science capability and help cement the UK’s reputation as an international leader in this field.