Heads of Profession Group

The Heads of Profession (HoPs)Ā Group is at the heart of the governance of the Government Statistical Service (GSS).

The HoPsĀ Group meets quarterly and has eight main responsibilities:

  • providing professional and strategic guidance and leadership to the GSS
  • advising the National Statistician
  • communicatingĀ guidance and information to the GSS
  • considering andĀ agreeing professional policies and strategiesĀ suggested by the National Statistician, Heads of Profession, Chief Statisticians and other committees
  • agreeingĀ GSS-wide statistical plans and work programmes
  • providing a forum for HoPs to network and share information
  • reviewing the governance, structureĀ and operation of the GSS
  • commissioning work from, or supporting the work of, other GSS committees

The chair of this committee is the National Statistician. The membership includes allĀ HoPs for statistics in UK government departments, Chief StatisticiansĀ of theĀ devolved administrations and the statistical directors in the Office for National Statistics.


Central Policy Secretariat

Email:Ā secretariat@statistics.gov.uk