The Office for Statistics Regulation provides independent regulation of all official statistics produced in the UK. If you have an enquiry about a set of statistics, contact details for each member of the team are below. For general enquiries contact the regulation team email.
Our senior leadership team
Ed Humpherson – Director General for Regulation
Ed joined the team in January 2014 and is based in our London office. More biographical information about Ed.
Mary Gregory – Deputy Director for Regulation
Mary joined the team in 2018, based in our London Office. She has oversight of our regulatory programme. Mary joined the Government Statistical Service in 2004, and has worked across a range of government departments. She has experience of evaluations, surveys and administrative data, and has worked on social and economic statistics. Prior to joining us Mary was Head of Profession for Statistics at Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).
Email Mary Gregory Tel. 02037 411742
Mark Pont – Assessment Programme Lead and head of Newport site
Mark joined the team in 2008, based in our Newport office, to head up our assessment programme. Mark started his career in the Government Statistical Service in 1990, undertaking roles in a range of government departments. This includes 12 years spent in the Office for National Statistics as a statistical methodologist, largely spent improving aspects of the production of business statistics. Most recently Mark has been on loan to the Welsh Government for seven months as head of Economy, Skills and Natural Resources Statistics.
Email Mark Pont Tel. 01633 456393
Gail Rankin – Systemic Review Programme Lead and head of Edinburgh site
Gail joined the team in August 2019 to lead our Edinburgh office and head up our systemic review programme. Gail’s background is in engineering, and she started her career with Network Rail in project management and process improvement (six sigma) roles. In 2013, Gail moved into local government and has experience through leadership roles in data and performance management and business planning. Gail has particular interest in the environmental and health and social care sectors. Prior to joining us, Gail was the lead officer for Data, Performance and Business Planning at the City of Edinburgh Council.
Email Gail Rankin Tel. 01329 447706
Our regulatory team
Zayn Ahmed – Statistics Regulator, Economy and Business, Trade and International Development
Zayn joined the team in September 2019 as a placement student and is based in our London office. He currently works in the Economy and Business, Trade and International Development domains, with a degree background in Economics.
Email Zayn Ahmed Tel. 02080 390323
Michelle Alderson – Statistics Regulator, Children, Education and Skills and Crime and Security
Michelle joined the team in January 2019 and is based in our Newport office. Michelle works across both the Children, Education and Skills and the Crime and Security domains. Before joining the OSR, Michelle worked at the Office for National Statistics for 5 years in including within household surveys on income and within the efficiency measurement unit on the criminal justice team.
Email Michelle Alderson Tel. 01633 456672
Oliver Anand – Statistics Regulator, International Development and Travel, Transport and Tourism
Oliver is a first year fast stream statistician who joined the team in September 2019 and is based in our London office. Oliver currently works within the Business, Trade and International Development domain, with a focus on International Development and International Relations, as well as working within the Travel, Transport and Tourism domain. Prior to the OSR, Oliver spent a short time working as an analyst within the commercial real estate industry.
Email Oliver Anand Tel. 02020 390322
Penny Babb – Statistics Regulator, Policy and Standards
Penny joined the team in 2008 and is based in our London office. She has reviewed a wide variety of statistics since 2009 and co-authored the Authority’s Quality Assurance of Administrative Data framework. She led on delivering and maintaining the refreshed Code of Practice for Statistics, supporting its wide adoption across the UK. Penny has worked in official statistics for over 20 years, on births, cancer, social inequalities and police recorded crime. She was editor of the ONS flagship report, ‘Social Trends’.
Email Penny Babb Tel. 02075 928666
Liddy Brankley – Statistics Regulator, Population and Society
Liddy joined the team in September 2019 and is based in the London office. She is a Fast Stream social researcher primarily working in the Population and Society domain. Prior to joining OSR, Liddy worked in the Office for National Statistics in the GSS Harmonisation Team.
Email Liddy Brankley Tel. 02075 928651
Catherine Bremner – Statistics Regulator, Labour Market and Welfare lead
Catherine joined the team in September 2018 to start her 12 month secondment, and works in our Newport office. She co-leads the Labour Market and Welfare theme. Prior to that, Catherine worked at the Office for National Statistics in Quality Centre and Data Collection Methodology.
Email Catherine Bremner Tel. 01633 455420
Catherine Bromley – Head of Research
Catherine joined the team in 2017 and is based in our Edinburgh office. She leads OSR’s research programme on the public good of statistics. She also supports the regulatory work of the health and social care domain. She led our systemic review of data linkage and has an ongoing interest in data access, sharing and linkage issues. Catherine started her social research career at NatCen Social Research in 1998 specialising in population surveys, before moving to roles in ScotCen Social Research, Scottish Government and the Public Health Observatory team at NHS Health Scotland.
Email Catherine Bromley Tel. 01329 447705
Nisha Bunting – Statistics Regulator, Children, Education and Skills lead
Nisha joined the team in January 2019 and is based in our Edinburgh office. She co-leads the Children, Education and Skills domain with Louisa McCutcheon. Prior to joining OSR, Nisha worked as a Performance Manager for the Office of the Scottish Road Works Commissioner, and independent regulator monitoring the performance of road works in Scotland. She has previously held roles in strategic planning at Edinburgh Napier University and as an analyst in HR within the financial sector.
Email Nisha Bunting Tel. 01633 456659
Emily Carless – Statistics Regulator, Children, Education and Skills
Emily joined the team in May 2018 and is based in Newport. She started her career in the Government Statistical Service (GSS) as a fast stream statistician in 2002. She has worked in Welsh Government, ONS and the National Statistician’s Office on a wide range of topics including Public Health Statistics, Business and Social Survey Methodology, Measuring Government Activity, Labour Market Statistics and Price Statistics. She led the National Statistician’s Review of Housing Market Statistics and the development of the GSS to 2020 strategy.
Emily is currently on maternity leave – please contact another member of the Children, Education and Skills team in her absence.
Job de Roij – Statistics Regulator, Agriculture, Energy and Environment lead
Job joined the team in 2016 and works in our Edinburgh office. He leads the Agriculture, Energy and Environment theme. He also manages the online Code of Practice for Statistics. Previously, Job worked as a statistician in the Department for Work and Pensions..
Email Job de Roij Tel. 01329 447709
Oliver Fox-Tatum – Statistics Regulator, Housing, Planning and Local Services lead
Oliver joined the team in 2014 and is based in our Newport office. Prior to joining the team, he worked in the Office for National Statistics – in household survey design and management and as a pension statistics analyst. Oliver is our lead on housing, planning and local services statistics. He conducts reviews on the compliance of statistics such as house price indices and worked on our refresh of the Code of Practice.
Email Oliver Fox-Tatum Tel. 01633 455848
Emily Gleeson – Annual Review Programme Manager
Emily leads on the development and delivery of the Annual Review which sets our strategic narrative. She has a strong regulatory background and has experience of statistical production, research, policy and strategy development and public sector audit. Emily is based in our Edinburgh office and also leads on our work which covers Northern Ireland.
Email Emily Gleeson Tel. 01329 447703
Lewis Jack – Statistics Regulator, Crime and Justice
Lewis joined the team in 2018 and is based in Edinburgh. His main focus is regulating statistics on Crime and Justice. He previously worked as a researcher focusing on the commercial property market, before moving on to be an analyst in NHS Scotland providing statistical support to inspection and improvement projects.
Email Lewis Jack Tel. 01329 447710
Sara James – Statistics Regulator, Housing, Planning and Local Services lead
Sara joined the team in 2012, after joining the Civil Service in 2011 as a Fast Stream Statistician working in the Office for National Statistics. Sara is based in our Newport office and co-leads on the Housing, Planning and Local Services theme. She led on our systemic review of housing statistics across the UK. Prior to joining the Civil Service, Sara spent six years working in financial services in a number of roles including financial and risk management.
Sara is on a leave of absence until March 2020 – please contact another member of the Housing, Planning and Local Services domain.
Caroline Jones – Statistics Regulator, Health and Social Care lead
Caroline joined the team in 2012 and is based in our Newport office. Prior to that, she worked at the Office for National Statistics. She has regulated a wide variety of statistics, latterly with a focus on health and social care statistics. She leads the Health and Social Care domain, working with Catherine Bromley, Vicky Stone and Sarah Whitehead.
Email Caroline Jones Tel. 01633 456734
Gemma Keane – Statistics Regulator, Housing, Planning and Local Services
Gemma joined the team in late 2018 and is based in our Newport office. Her main focus is regulating statistics on Housing, Planning and Local Services. Prior to joining the team, Gemma worked at the Office for National Statistics for 16 years in a variety of posts across Economic Statistics.
Email Gemma Keane Tel. 01633 456081
Louisa McCutcheon – Statistics Regulator, Children, Education and Skills lead
Louisa joined the team in 2017 and is based in our London office. Louisa started her career in the civil service as a Fast Stream statistician in 2010 and has worked on a wide range of health and housing statistics. She co-leads the Children, Education and Skills theme with Nisha Bunting.
Email Louisa McCutcheon Tel. 02037 411762
Marie McGhee – Statistics Regulator, Population lead
Marie leads the Population theme having previously focused on Children, Education, and Skills up until spring 2018. She was also part of the team who developed the refreshed Code of Practice. Based in Edinburgh, Marie joined the Office for Statistics Regulation in 2015. She previously worked on Assessments including Northern Ireland Tourism statistics and International Development statistics. Before joining us, Marie worked as lead statistician at the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
Email Marie McGhee Tel. 01329 447702
Helen Miller-Bakewell – Statistics Regulator, Crime and Justice
Helen joined the team in July 2019 and is based in the London office. Before coming to OSR, Helen worked in the Cabinet Office, delivering the People Survey – the staff survey for the Civil Service. She has also had roles in DCMS and Defra, producing National Statistics.
Email Helen Miller-Bakewell Tel. 02080 390314
Katy Nicholls – Statistics Regulator
Katy joined the team in December 2017 and is based in our London office. She currently provides support across a number of domains. Prior to joining OSR, Katy worked as a social researcher at the Office for National Statistics and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Email Katy Nicholls Tel. 02080 390305
Anna Price – Statistics Regulator, Travel, Transport and Tourism
Anna joined the team in July 2019 on a two year secondment from NHS Scotland. She is based in the Edinburgh office and leads on regulating Travel, Transport and Tourism statistics. Prior to joining OSR, Anna worked at the Information Services Division as the technical lead overseeing the modernisation of official statistics production and publication.
Email Anna Price Tel. 01313 141717
Iain Russell – Statistics Regulator, Economy lead
Iain joined the team in 2011 based in our Edinburgh office. He has been involved in regulatory activities for a variety of statistics since that time. Iain is our Economy theme lead. He has worked in the public and private sector in various roles and has expertise in the value and role of intellectual assets in the economy.
Email Iain Russell Tel. 01329 447704
Vicky Stone – Statistics Regulator, Health and Social Care
Vicky joined the team in January 2019 and is based in our Edinburgh office. She currently works as part of a team within the Health and Social Care domain. She has a strong analytical background having worked as an Intelligence Analyst for Cleveland Police for 15 years. Vicky was part of a team responsible for the analytical support to both frontline officers and investigation teams.
Email Vicky Stone Tel. 01329 447700
Sarah Whitehead – Statistics Regulator, Health and Social Care
Sarah joined the team in January 2019 and is based in our Newport office. Her main focus is on regulating statistics on Health and Social Care. Her previous roles have been in both academia and the Civil Service and have covered a variety of health-related topics. Prior to joining OSR, Sarah was based at Companies House for three years where she managed the official statistics publications, as well as a range of ad-hoc analytical work.
Email Sarah Whitehead Tel. 01633 456568
Business support team
Donna Livesey – Business Manager
Donna supports our business planning, work programming and management of resources, including learning and development.
Email Donna Livesey Tel. 01633 455814
Amar Chowdrey – Private Secretary to Director General for Regulation
Amar provides support to the Director General for Regulation (DG) and wider team in their decision making and management of daily responsibilities. He keeps the DG appropriately informed on ongoing issues including casework, work programming, the Code of Practice and other projects. Amar manages the DG’s diary and external engagements.
Email Amar Chowdrey Tel. 020 7592 8615
Michelle Walters – Business Support Manager
Michelle joined the team in July 2017, based in our Newport office. She supports our Business Manager and Regulators.
Email Michelle Walters. Tel: 01633 456292
Elisha Harrhy – Business Support
Elisha joined the team in August 2017, based in our Newport office. She provides business support to the team.
Email Elisha Harrhy Tel: 01633 45 6159
Chris Ferrier – Business Support
Based in Edinburgh, Chris joined the Office for Statistics Regulation in September 2019 providing business support to the team.
Email Chris Ferrier Tel: 01329 447 520
Suzanne Halls – Public Affairs Manager
Suzanne supports our media and stakeholder relations activity, including events and other engagement work.
Email Suzanne Halls Tel. 020 7592 8659
Jennifer Lackie – Digital Communications Lead
Jen joined the team in 2019 and leads on digital communications for OSR. Jen previously worked in digital communications and creating digital content in Higher Education.
Email Jennifer Lackie Tel: 01633 456543
Additional Work Programmes
Emily Tew – Head of Data and Automation
Emily joined the team in October 2019 and leads OSR’s work on data use, alternative data and emerging technologies. This is a new and developing strand of OSR’s work and includes leading the automation programme within OSR, exploring the use of AI within statistics and answering some of the questions surrounding its regulation.
Email Emily Tew Tel: 01633 455 863