Conflict of Interest policy

  1. This policy sets out the approach the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) takes to managing conflicts of interest for individual members of staff.
  2. Conflicts of interest arise when an individual or team has a personal interest in a topic or connection to an organisation that OSR is reviewing. Conflicts can arise from:
  • Personal connections with other organisations, whether through family or friend connections, or through past employment, with the latter typically being time limited.
  • Personal commitment to a topic, for example through membership of a campaigning organization which advocates on a topic.
  • Future career moves, where an individual has accepted a new role in an organization that OSR currently regulates.
  • Any other factors that may create a personal interest in the topic, which would lead the individual to feel uncomfortable working on the topic or may lead to the external perception that decisions have not been made objectively.
  1. We adopt a Recognise-Communicate-Mitigate model to address conflicts of interest. Members of staff are expected to recognise the potential for conflicts; communicate them to their line manager; and agree any mitigation, typically stepping aside from any work involving the interest which gives rise to the potential conflict.
  2. For members of the OSR senior leadership team, we disclose the mitigations put in place to manage any potential conflicts of interest. The current senior leadership team disclosures are as follows:

 

Name RoleConflictMitigationTiming
Ed HumphersonDirector General for RegulationNAO - past employment as Assistant Auditor GeneralExcluded from audit discussions with Authority's external auditors.For 4 years from employment. Consider this conflict to be “spent” once the audit cycle for UKSA for this year has been completed.
Ed HumphersonDirector General for RegulationDisability statistics - current role as Governor of MotabilityExcluded from regulatory decisions related to disabilities or social security payments to the disabled.For duration of time as Governor of Motability.
Mary GregoryDeputy Director for RegulationDCMS - past Head of Profession for Statistics at DCMS.Excluded from regulatory decisions related to DCMS outputs or outputs from its Arms Length Bodies.For 2 years from start of employment in UKSA.
Mark PontAssessment Programme LeadWelsh Government - past employment at Welsh GovernmentExcluded from regulatory decisions related to Welsh Government outputs.For 1 year from return to UKSA.
Mark PontAssessment Programme LeadWelsh Government - senior member of analytical team on Well-being of Wales 2018Excluded from any regulatory decisions related to the 2018 Well-being of Wales statistical reportIndefinite
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