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Welcoming our new National Statistician

Her Majesty the Queen, on the advice of the Prime Minister, has appointed Professor Sir Ian Diamond as National Statistician. He succeeds John Pullinger, who stepped down on 30 June.

Some of you may know Sir Ian as a former non-executive member of the UK Statistics Authority Board, or from the work he’s done in partnership with ONS on previous censuses. Sir Ian’s career has spanned many areas of social and official statistics. He recently served as Principal of the University of Aberdeen, and prior to that held the role of Chief Executive of the Economic and Social Research Council. Sir Ian is a Fellow of the British Academy, Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy of Social Sciences.

Speaking today on his appointment, Sir Ian said:

“The UK’s statistical system is one admired world-over and it is an enormous privilege to have been appointed as the UK’s National Statistician. I’m looking forward to building on the work of John Pullinger, as we make use of rich new data sources to deliver the data decision-makers across the UK need.

“I’m particularly excited to be working with staff across the Office for National Statistics and the Government Statistical Service, as we empower our partners in Parliament, academia, business and beyond with trusted and quality data.

“As we do so, I will be thinking about how best to enhance the opportunities available for staff across the statistical system, and the inclusivity of our workplaces.”

Ian is expected to commence his role full-time beginning on 22 October 2019. But he will be using the intervening period to get to know staff across ONS and GSS, and the work that we do.

Until Ian takes up his post on a full-time basis on 22 October, Jonathan Athow will continue as interim National Statistician

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