Chair of the Statistics Authority
Sir Andrew Dilnot CBE is Chair of the UK Statistics Authority.
The post of Chair of the UK Statistics Authority is a Crown appointment, made with the approval of Parliament following a pre-appointment hearing before the House of Commons Public Administration Select Committee and a formal motion debated on the floor of the House of Commons. Andrew was appointed to succeed the Authority’s first Chair, Sir Michael Scholar KCB, and he took up post in April 2012 for a five-year term.
Andrew was elected as Warden of Nuffield College, Oxford with effect from September 2012. Between 2002 and August 2012, Andrew was Principal of St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. He was awarded a CBE in 2000 and knighted in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to economics and economic policy.
Andrew was educated in Swansea and at St. John’s College, Oxford where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. After graduating from Oxford, he joined the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), and between 1991 and 2002 he served as its Director.
Andrew was the founding presenter of BBC Radio 4’s series on numbers and statistics, More or Less and co-authored (with Michael Blastland) The Tiger that isn’t: seeing through a world of numbers, a study of the role and use of statistics.
In 2010, Andrew was appointed to chair the Commission on Funding of Care and Support, which published its report Fairer Care Funding in July 2011.
He is an Honorary Fellow of St. John’s College, Oxford, of Queen Mary, University of London, and of the Institute for Actuaries. Andrew also holds an honorary doctorate from City University.
Between 2009 and 2012, Andrew chaired the Statistics User Forum and was also a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation. He has served on the Social Security Advisory Committee, the National Consumer Council, and the council of the Royal Economic Society.