Non-Executive Directors, UK Statistics Authority

Body: UK Statistics Authority
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Regulation
Location: London
Skills required: Change Management, Communication / Media / Marketing, IT / Digital, Major Projects, Transformation
Number of Vacancies: 3
Remuneration: £15,000 per year
Time Requirements: 2 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

This is both a challenging and exciting time to join the UK Statistics Authority. We are looking to appoint an individual with commitment and expertise to the Board.

Whilst the Board’s Chair has overall responsibility for the performance of the Board, all members of the Board have an important individual and collective role in working with the Chair, the Chief Executive and the Senior Management Team to evolve the strategic direction of the body, to ensure delivery goals, and to ensure that it fulfils the governance, financial management, and efficiency standards required of it as a public body.

The Authority’s statutory objective is to promote and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. The Authority’s functions relate to its statutory areas of responsibility:

• Oversight of the UK official statistics system, which includes around 30 central government departments and the devolved administrations, and the promotion, safeguarding and monitoring of quality, comprehensiveness and good practice in relation to all official statistics;
• Production of a Code of Practice for Statistics and assessment of official statistics against the Code;
• Governance of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR); and

Cabinet Office Ministers are responsible for accounting for statistical business in Parliament. They are also responsible for the non executive appointments to the Authority’s board (excluding the Chair’s appointment which is a Crown appointment). Ministers have no role in the decision making of the Authority’s Board. A Memorandum of Understanding describes the responsibilities of the Cabinet Office with respect to the UK Statistics Authority, as an independent statutory body.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

• 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 to build partnerships across organisations, participate in robust, rigorous debate, negotiate satisfactory outcomes and operate effectively at the highest levels of government, private or voluntary sector organisations; and
• Expertise and a proven track record in one of the following skill areas:
– communications,
– digital and technology and related organisation transformation,
– economics.

Desirable Criteria

Experience of:
• Broadcast and written media, especially in areas of potential public sensitivity or controversy; editorial responsibility for information that is market-sensitive or carries major legal implications;
• Communication of statistics or data or another technical subject to a non-expert audience through the media;
• Delivering or overseeing major digital and/or IT transformations within a large organisation, embedding new technology and operational practices;
• Advising, consulting, or contracting public sector bodies (in the UK or abroad) in programmes to expand data capability;
• Using high-performance computing in scientific research or forecasting;
• Cutting-edge public sector cybersecurity;
• Using economic statistics and data, and knowledge of modern statistical techniques for large datasets;
• Monetary, fiscal, or macroeconomic policy, including specifically in the areas of public services, software and business services, tax, and welfare.

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