The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is an Executive Agency of the UK Statistics Authority. It is led by the National Statistician and reports into the UK Statistics Authority Board.
Jonathan Athow – Interim National Statistician and Permanent Secretary
Jonathan is the UK's Interim National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service (GSS) and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority. He provides overall leadership for the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the statistics profession across government. Jonathan advises ministers, the Cabinet Secretary and senior officials on the production, dissemination and use of statistics across government.
Jonathan joined the ONS in June 2015, leading the production and transformation of economic statistics. Before joining the ONS, Jonathan worked at HM Treasury for 14 years on a range of economic and policy issues, including changes to the tax and benefits system, NHS and social care, and the fiscal and macroeconomic policy framework. Jonathan was also Departmental Chief Economist at HM Revenue and Customs.
Iain Bell – Deputy National Statistician and Director General for Population and Public Policy
Iain has responsibility for ONS’s social and public policy statistics including crime, health, the environment, population and migration and ensuring these maximise benefits for all users from the citizen to the heart of government. His responsibilities include the Census and Data Collection Transformation Programme, which will deliver the 2021 Census, provide more population estimates on a routine basis and transform our data collection activities.
Prior to his role in ONS, Iain was the Chief Data Officer and Head of Profession for statistics in the Department for Education. Iain’s career in government statistics has spanned labour market, government finance, transport, justice, work, pensions and education statistics. Throughout his career he has specialised in exploiting the power of longitudinal, administrative data alongside surveys to improve decision-making.
Frankie Kay – Interim Deputy National Statistician and Director General for Data Capability
Frankie is responsible for the capability of ONS, ensuring that everybody has the technology and skills to enable them to do their job effectively. She is leading the digital and workforce transformation to allow us to collect, securely store and analyse data from new sources. Frankie champions openness and data sharing for the public good in ONS and beyond.
Frankie joined the ONS in January 2010 as Head of IT Project Delivery. Since then, she has held several senior roles in ONS, including leading the development strategy for the UK National Accounts. Most recently, Frankie has led the transformation of ONS economic and population and public policy statistics, taking a leading role on preparations for Census 2021.
Deputy National Statistician and Director General for Economic Statistics
This role is responsible for the production and transformation of economic statistics and analysis at the ONS, as well as leadership across the wider GSS. This includes important statistics on the national accounts, inflation, trade, employment and unemployment, wages, productivity, and various other measures of the wealth of the UK.
While Jonathan Athow is Interim National Statistician, the broader responsibilities of the Director General role will be carried out by the Economic Statistics Directors, Darren Morgan and Grant Fitzner.
Nick Bateson – Director of Finance
Nick leads the organisation in financial management, planning and performance, so that public money is safeguarded and used appropriately and efficiently.
Nick has over five years’ experience as a director, setting the strategy for and leading the delivery of a range of audit and assurance projects across central government, including the Whole of Government Accounts.
Pete Benton – Director of Population and Public Policy Operations
Pete leads delivery of our data collection operations, collecting vital information about the UK’s economy and society. Pete is also responsible for the delivery of Census 2021.
Pete has experience in data, major programme delivery and operations management. He has held several senior roles at ONS, including Interim Deputy National Statistician and Director of Data Collection.
Philippa Bonay – Director of People and Business Services
Philippa leads the People and Business Services directorate, which is responsible for human resources (HR), commercial and property.
Philippa has extensive experience across the whole HR remit, infrastructure, commercial and business services in both the private and public sectors.
Owen Brace – Director of Communications and Policy
Owen leads the communications, digital publishing and policy teams to uphold the reputation of ONS and promote evidence-based policymaking and public debate.
Owen previously led communications teams at the Department for Work and Pensions and, before joining the Civil Service, worked for nearly 10 years as a journalist.
Grant Fitzner – Chief Economist and Director, Macroeconomic Statistics and Analysis
Grant oversees the production and analysis of ONS economic statistics, including prices, public sector, trade and balance of payments. He also advises the National Statistician on economic matters.
Grant is an experienced economist who has held a range of public and private sector roles, including economic adviser to the Australian Government and chief economist at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Sarah Henry – Director of Methods, Data and Research
Sarah oversees the statistical methods and techniques that underpin our surveys and statistics. She ensures our statistics are of the highest possible quality, using the best mixture of data sources.
Sarah has a wealth of experience in analysis and statistical methods. She was previously Head of Intelligence and Performance at Manchester City Council.
Liz McKeown – Director of Public Policy Analysis
Liz leads the development of ONS public policy statistics. This includes migration and population change, public service efficiency, sustainability, health and social care, crime and inequalities.
Before joining ONS, Liz held senior roles in government, including Chief Economist at the Cabinet Office
Darren Morgan – Director of Economic Statistics Development
Darren is responsible for the delivery of the Economic Statistics Transformation Programme. The programme aims to use improved methods and new data sources to produce more detailed, accurate and timely economic statistics.
Darren has led the development and production of various economic outputs, such as gross domestic product, inflation and balance of payments.
Simon Sandford-Taylor – Director of Digital Services and Technology
Simon leads our Digital and Technology Services function. He is responsible for all of the systems, devices and technology that supports ONS.
Simon has held senior IT roles in both the public and private sector. His previous roles include Chief Technology Officer at the Intellectual Property Office and Group Applications Manager at Heath Lambert Group.
Tom Smith – Managing Director, Data Science Campus
Tom leads the Data Science Campus, a UK and international hub to gain practical advantage from the increased investment in data science capability.
With a background in physics, artificial intelligence and robotics, Tom has 20 years’ experience using data and analysis to improve public and community services. He is vice-chair of the Royal Statistical Society Official Statistics section.
Nicola Tyson-Payne – Interim Director of Transformation, Population and Public Policy
Nicola is responsible for transforming the collection and production of all population and public policy statistics, including population and migration, crime, health and the census.
Nicola has led a series of prominent business transformation programmes for the University of Reading, Hampshire County Council and as Programme Director for the Census and Data Collection Transformation Programme at ONS.