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Have your say – join the National Statistics Executive Group

A message from the National Statistician.

The National Statistics Executive Group (NSEG) is the monthly senior executive committee that I chair, which makes strategic decisions on a range of topics cutting right across the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the whole statistical system.

Every year we invite colleagues of any grade or background from across the GSS to join NSEG for 6 months to bring their perspective to discussions and gain an insight into how NSEG works. You’ll play an active role in discussions and will help shape the Government Statistical System of the future. NSEG meetings take place once a month, at the UK Statistics Authority or ONS offices in Newport, London and Titchfield in rotation.

To apply, please send a short e-mail by Friday 24 January setting out why you are interested in the opportunity as well as the skills and perspective you would bring. Please also confirm that your line manager would be prepared to make you available for one day a month for a six-month period.

We’ve had some fantastic contributions from colleagues in the past, who have had great things to say about their experiences.

“I applied for the NSEG volunteer position to learn more about the GSS and gain insight into the strategic decision-making process at the top of the chain.

Working in an arm’s length body outside of the GSS I feel exceptionally fortunate to have been accepted. I was welcomed as a true equal in these meetings and my contributions were always welcome. Even over the short six-month period, I’ve been able to see the output of the strategic decisions made in these meetings evidenced in follow up reports. This experience has encouraged me to reflect on the development of my own organisation’s new strategy and I now have a much greater appreciation of the work needed to achieve true change.

My time being a guest member of NSEG has been fascinating and I recommend that others apply for the position.”

Ella Terasa, Arts Council England


“I was really pleased to see NSEG thinking about encouraging a culture of more helpfulness across teams, featuring honest conversations with collective responsibility and accountability.

It was great that NSEG recognised that the narrative of what statistics delivers in government needs focus on the full extent of what goes on across government and not just in ONS.”

Adam Hatton, Department for Education

In addition to the opportunity to attend and contribute to NSEG meetings, there may also be other opportunities to be involved in steering and discussion groups to increase the diversity of perspectives.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond, National Statistician