HM Treasury News Release
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced today that he has appointed former Royal Statistical Society President Sir John Kingman as Chairman of the Statistics Commission.
The Statistics Commission will be an independent, non-executive body which will be a check on the integrity and independence of National Statistics.
Sir John, who is currently Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, has been appointed following an open competition and selection process, in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments - the 'Nolan' procedures.
Economic Secretary to the Treasury, Melanie Johnson said:
"I warmly welcome Sir John Kingman's appointment as Chairman of
the new Statistics Commission. His experience and expertise in the
field of statistics has made him an exemplary candidate for this exciting
Sir John Kingman is 60. He has been Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Bristol since 1985. Previously he was Professor of Mathematics
at the University of Oxford from 1969 to 1985. He has been actively
involved in a variety of professional bodies in the UK and overseas,
was Chairman of the Institute of Statisticians from 1973 to 1976,
President of the Royal Statistical Society 1987-89, and President
of the London Mathematical Society 1990-92. He is an honorary Fellow
of the Royal Statistical Society and the Institute of Mathematical
Statistics, a Fellow of the Royal Society and has been awarded honours
from a large number of other institutions.
The Statistics Commission is a key element of the Government's new
arrangement for official statistics, the biggest overhaul for over
thirty years. The new arrangements are set out in the White Paper,
Building Trust in Statistics (CM4412) - (it can be found on
the Treasury website: www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/).