On 27 March, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General Ben Gummer cut the ribbon to formally open the Data Science Campus at the Office for National Statistics’ Newport office.
The Data Science Campus is part of the UK government’s push to build world-leading expertise in data science, and aims to exploit the growth of new and innovative data sources to develop richer understanding and measures of the economy, global environment and wider society.
Part of the ONS, the Campus will act as a hub and incubator for data science, collaborating with organisations across the UK and internationally on data science for public good.
Two new Directors General have been appointed at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to support the National Statistician, John Pullinger, in leading UK National Statistics.
Heather Savory, who is currently Chair of the Open Data User Group (ODUG) has been appointed as Director General for Data Capability, and will take up post in early April 2015.
Jonathan Athow, currently Chief Economist and Director of Knowledge, Analysis and Intelligence at HM Revenue and Customs has been appointed as Director General for Economic Statistics, and will take up post as soon as practicable after the UK election in May.
Heather Savory and Jonathan Athow will join Glen Watson, the Director General for Population and Public Policy, all reporting to John Pullinger as National Statistician, to deliver the strategic vision for 'Better Statistics, Better Decisions'.
John Pullinger was appointed as the UK National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service (GSS) and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority in July 2014. The latter role includes executive responsibility for the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
John Pullinger has over 30 years of experience working in a variety of roles in UK official statistics. He started his career as an assistant statistician at the Department of Trade and Industry, then moving to the Department of the Environment. In 1992, he became Director of Policy and Planning at the then Central Statistical Office and project manager for the creation of the Office for National Statistics.
John later became a member of the Office for National Statistics management board. He is a former President of the Royal Statistical Society.