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Diversity and the National Statistics Executive Group

 Julie Brown, joint Head of Profession for Statistics at the Department for Transport Guest blog on Diversity and the National Statistics Executive Group

boardroom-slideshow“In response to John Pullinger’s request for expressions of interest as part of his Diversity Initiative back in January, I put myself forward to join the National Statistics Executive Group (NSEG) as an interim member. It has been a really enjoyable and insightful experience.

I was keen to join because I thought I could provide constructive challenge, bring a policy department’s Head of Profession perspective, and use it as a great development opportunity for me. I was impressed John wanted to open up the group and bring a more diverse range of views to the decision making process and so I was really pleased to be selected to attend five meetings this year. The meetings cover a range of topics, from staff engagement and performance management through to ONS finances and business planning. John is keen to listen to everyone’s views from around the table and it’s good when I can provide insight from another government department’s perspective.

I chair the GSS Presentation and Dissemination Committee and I’ve found the NSEG meetings incredibly helpful to gain a stronger understanding of the culture and structure of ONS and how this impacts on their presentation and dissemination processes, as well as finding out first-hand what our National Statistical Institute is planning to do and the priorities they place in this area. From a skills development perspective I’ve been watching and learning the art of effective chairing, how to communicate effectively and influentially, and how an executive committee function can operate. I would strongly encourage other people to consider applying for this role as NSEG genuinely values listening to a diverse range of views from across the GSS and you’ll gain a lot from a personal perspective.”

If you are interested in attending several meetings of NSEG during 2017 and believe that you have something to contribute, John Pullinger would like to hear from you, whatever your background, age, grade, job title, gender, sexuality or ethnicity. NSEG meetings take place once a month, at the UK Statistics Authority/ONS offices in London, Newport and Titchfield in rotation. Members normally attend meetings in person, but arrangements could be made for you to attend by telephone or video conference if travel is difficult. The meetings normally last around three hours.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a short email to John by close of play on Friday 16 December describing your particular talents and skills and why you think you could positively contribute to NSEG meetings. The intention is to inform successful applicants in early January 2017.