UK Statistics Authority - Up to 4 Non-Executive Director Roles

Body: UK Statistics Authority
Appointing Department: Cabinet Office
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Regulation
Location: The role will usually take place in London, or at the ONS sites in Newport, South Wales or Titchfield, Hampshire.
Number of Vacancies: Up to 4
Remuneration: £15,000 per annum
Time Requirements: A minimum of 2 days per month


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

Professor Anne Trefethen FBCS FREng and Professor Sir Ian Diamond FBA FRSE FAcSS have been appointed as non-executive board members of the UK Statistics Authority.

More information on these appointments can be found here:

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications


  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement



Assessment Panel

Vacancy Description

We are seeking to appoint up to four 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, 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;
• leadership in private or public-sector organisations; and
• ability to build partnerships across organisations, participate in robust, rigorous debate, negotiate satisfactory outcomes and operate effectively at the highest levels of government or of private 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;
• delivering or overseeing major digital and/or IT transformations within a large organisation;
• a detailed understanding of Information Security, and of current and emerging IT security, data protection and information risk principles and technologies;
• design and delivery of successful organisational and/or financial transformation;
• experience of audit committees, risk management and the control environment; or
• independent regulation.

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
Section 3, is enclosed in 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:

Rhianna Agard-StJohn
Centre for Public Appointments
Room 406
Cabinet Office
70 Whitehall

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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