Non-Executive Directors, UK Statistics Authority

Body: UK Statistics Authority
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Business, Finance & Skills, Charity & Public Sector, Regulation, Science & Technology
Location: The role will usually take place in London, or at the ONS sites in Newport (South Wales) and Titchfield (Hampshire).
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial, Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £15,000 per annum. Reasonable travel and subsistence expenses will be reimbursed
Time Requirements: Minimum 2 days per month


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

Richard Dobbs and Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter have been appointed as non-executive board members of the UK Statistics Authority.

Date: 27/05/2020

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

We are seeking to appoint two non-executive members of the Board of the UK Statistics Authority.

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, the Office for National Statistics (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:

  • Policy-making in Government
  • Using and analysing statistics and data, both within and outside government and a demonstrable commitment to the integrity and usefulness of statistics and data
  • Operating at Board and/or Audit Committee level in the public and/or private sector, preferably with knowledge of the operation of arm’s length bodies
  • Commercial processes and/or finance, ideally within the public sector
  • A practical understanding of large scale transformation programmes, ideally gained in a senior leadership role
  • Working at a senior level within HM Government, the Civil Service or arms’ length bodies, preferably including work spanning multiple departments
  • 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.

Offering an interview to disabled people: Guaranteed Interview Scheme

As a Disability Confident employer, we will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview.

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. If you wish to indicate that you are disabled or have a long-term health condition, please complete the Disability Confident – Offering an Interview to Disabled People declaration in the supporting documents and send it with your application.

How to Apply

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

  • A Curriculum Vitae with your education, professional qualifications and full employment history
  • 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.
  • Equal opportunities monitoring form – this form will not be disclosed to the panel involved in assessing your application.
  • Political activity form
  • Conflicts of interest declaration
  • Details of any public appointments currently held
  • Names and contact details of two referees who may be contacted if you are shortlisted for interview
  • (If applicable) Disability Confident – Offering an interview to disabled people declaration

Sections 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are enclosed in a separate Monitoring Forms document.

Please send all of your documents to:

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

Calum MacInnes

4.17, Blue Zone, 4th Floor

1 Horse Guards Road

Cabinet Office

London SW1A 2HQ

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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