Mar 012016

Non-Executive Directors for The UK Statistics Authority

Recruiter: The UK Statistics Authority
Location: London (Including occasional UK wide travel)
Salary: £15,000 per annum (Minimum of 2 days per month)
Posted: 26 Feb 2016
Closes: 14 Mar 2016
Job Function: Non Executive Director
Industry: Finance, Public

About us

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

The UK Statistics Authority is an independent body operating at arm's length from government as a non-ministerial department, directly accountable to Parliament. It was established on 1 April 2008 by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.

The Authority's statutory objective is to promote and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good. Official statistics are for the benefit of our society and our economy as a whole; not only in government policy-making and the evaluation of government performance, but also in directing economic and commercial activities, enabling the public to hold to account all organisations that spend public money, and informing wider public debate. It is critical that official statistics are robust, of high quality, and are trustworthy.

The Authority has responsibility for its executive office, the Office for National Statistics. The Authority Board is looking for two non-executive directors as it seeks to improve the accessibility and value of statistical data and modernise the collection and communication of UK statistics to meet the current and future needs of the UK’s decision makers.

About you

We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate the:

  • 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:

  • 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;
  • understanding of management of data and data science
  • design and delivery of successful organisational and/or financial transformation;
  • experience of risk management and the control environment; or
  • independent regulation.

About the role

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 Head of Assessment 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

Additional Information

Please see the attached pack for more information.

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:

Nicki Daniels

Centre for Public Appointments

Room 406

Cabinet Office

70 Whitehall




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