Central Policy Secretariat

The Central Policy Secretariat (CPS) helps staff across the GSS to work together with senior leaders to achieve shared priorities.

We provide support to the National Statistician, John Pullinger, and the three Deputy National Statisticians – Jonathan Athow, Heather Savory and Ian Cope – as well as to the top-level GSS committees including the National Statistics Executive Group, the GSS Heads of Profession meetings, and the Inter Administration Committee.

Our responsibilities also include coordinating reviews of statistical policy, managing parliamentary questions, and handling concerns raised with the Authority about official statistics and their use. We are also home to the GSS International and Legal Team.

The team are here to help and will always be happy to hear from you, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Robert Bumpstead    Deputy Director, Central Policy Secretariat / Contact: Lloyd McDonald


For GSS related queries, please contact gss@statistics.gov.uk

Joe Cuddeford       UK Statistics Authority Board, Heads of Profession, Statistics Policy and Standards Committee

Sally-Ann Jones    National Statistics Executive Group

Michael Bleakley   Inter Administration Committee, Regulation Committee, International Committee

Petros Saravakos        National Statistician’s Data Ethics Advisory Committee

Private Offices:

Sir David Norgrove  Chair of the Authority / Contact: Lloyd McDonald

John Pullinger        National Statistician / Contact: Douglas Cameron  at National Statistician

Heather Savory      Deputy National Statistician for Data Capability / Contact: Adil Deedat

Iain Bell                Deputy National Statistician for Population and Public Policy / Contact: Megan Powell

Jonathan Athow     Deputy National Statistician for Economic Statistics / Contact: Tom Marsh


Nikki Shearman     Legal and International

Vanessa Holden    Parliamentary

Louise Costelloe-Ward        UK Statistics Authority website enquiries

For all other queries, please contact Authority Enquiries