Non-Executive Director of UK Statistics Authority

Body: UK Statistics Authority
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Culture, Media & Sport, Regulation, Science & Technology
Location: London based but with occasional UK travel
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, IT / Digital, Major Projects, Regulation, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £15,000 per annum. Reasonable travel & subsistence expenses will be reimbursed.
Time Requirements: Minimum 2 days per month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

Helen Boaden has been appointed as a non-executive board member of the UK Statistics Authority. Helen Boaden has spent much of her career at the BBC, where she joined as a reporter in local radio and ended as the BBC Executive Board as its Director of Radio. Helen has been appointed by the Minister for the Cabinet Office under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, for a period of three years, from 1 June 2019 until 31 May 2022.

Date: 30/05/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    30/05/2019 at 10:00

All timings subject to change based on changes in circumstances


Assessment Panel

  • Sir David Norgrove Added 04/12/2018

    Panel Chair

    Chair, UK Statistics Authority • Representative of Organisation

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  • Liz Ketch Added 04/12/2018

    Director of Strategy, Civil Service Group • Departmental Official

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  • Kru Desai Added 17/01/2019

    Partner, KPMG UK • Independent Member

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  • Sian Jones Added 04/12/2018

    Deputy Chair, UK Statistics Authority • Representative of Organisation

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Vacancy Description

The non-executive members of the Authority are responsible for:

  • Strategy: setting the overall strategic direction and vision of the Authority and its executive office, within the policy framework laid down in the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007;
  • Governance: providing strong governance of the Authority’s executive office, ONS;
  • Working with executives: providing oversight, guidance and support to the National Statistician as the Chief Executive of the Authority, and the Director General for Regulation as the Authority’s principal adviser on the ongoing development and operation of the Authority’s assessment work;
  • Support and challenge: supporting and challenging the Government Statistical Service and ONS in delivering the Authority’s strategy;
  • Advocacy: acting as effective advocates and influential ambassadors for the UK Statistics Authority among key stakeholders;
  • Independence: ensuring that the Authority remains beyond reproach on the question of independence, and reports as necessary to Parliament and the devolved legislatures; and
  • Compliance: ensuring that the Authority maintains high standards of corporate governance, complies with any statutory and administrative requirements for the use of public funds; and that it delivers its statutory responsibilities and operates within the limits of its statutory authority

Day-to-day management of the work of the Authority and ONS is delegated to the staff of the Authority and ONS, with strategic control being retained by members of the Authority Board acting collectively as the Authority.

Person Specification

All candidates should demonstrate:

  • ability to analyse complex issues and to think independently, strategically and laterally, including the ability to scan the horizon for future issues and offer constructive challenge to the Chair, Deputy Chair and National Statistician when appropriate;
  • ability to present complex subjects clearly and to promote a clear understanding of the Authority’s vision;
  • ability to develop and maintain relationships with groups with disparate views and agendas; and
  • ability to build partnerships across organisations, participate in robust, rigorous debate, negotiate satisfactory outcomes and operate effectively at the highest levels of government, private or third sector organisations.

Candidates should also have experience and expertise at senior levels in one or more of the following areas:

  • a detailed understanding of policy-making in Government;
  • an understanding of the use of statistics and data, both within and outside government and a demonstrable commitment to the integrity and usefulness of statistics and data;
  • communications and public relations;
  • design and delivery of successful organisational and/or financial transformation;
  • independent regulation.

Additional Information

Diversity of opportunity is something the Cabinet Office cares passionately about.

Applications are encouraged from all candidates regardless of ethnicity, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity. We particularly welcome applications from women, those with a disability and those from a black or ethnic minority background.

We would also particularly welcome applications from those currently working in, or with experience of, the private sector, and those who have not previously held public appointments. We want to explore the widest possible pool of talent for these important appointments.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

Cabinet Office operates a Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS) for disabled people. The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. Under the GIS a disabled candidate will be selected for interview if they meet the minimum criteria for the role decided by the selection panel at sift. To ensure fairness, the panel will not be informed of who has applied under the GIS until they have set the minimum criteria at the start of the sift meeting. If you wish to be considered under the scheme, please complete the Guaranteed Interview Scheme Declaration on the Monitoring Form in the supporting documents and send it with your application.



How to Apply

In order for us to progress your application please submit the following completed documentation:

  1. A Curriculum Vitae with your education, professional qualifications and full employment history
  2. An accompanying Supporting Letter (maximum 2 A4 pages) – setting out your suitability for the role and how you meet the essential and desirable skills set out in the person specification – please ensure your full name is clearly noted at the top of your letter.
  3. Monitoring Forms (these are attached as a separate document).

Please send all the above required application documents to:

If you are unable to email your application, you can send it in the post to:

Michael Bleakley

4.15, Blue Zone, 4th Floor

1 Horse Guards Road

Cabinet Office



If you wish to discuss the vacancy please call Michael Bleakley on 07562 438955

Please note that applications may be passed, in confidence, to the Commissioner for Public Appointments (CPA) and the Commissioner’s auditors for the purposes of complaints investigation and audit.



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Guaranteed Interview Scheme
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