In this session, John Pullinger and Kevin Daly will give their perspectives on the UK’s national statistics following the publication of Sir Charles Bean’s Independent Review of UK Economic Statistics.
John Pullinger CB 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 started his career as an assistant statistician at the Department of Trade and Industry, then moving to the Department of the Environment taking responsibility for statistics on local government revenues. Following this he took up a post at the Office of Manpower Economics, heading the pay research team. In 1992, John Pullinger became Director of Policy and Planning at the then Central Statistical Office and in this role he became project manager for the creation of the Office for National Statistics. Taking the role of Director of Social and Regional Division, John became editor of the flagship Social Trends publication and a host of other publications seeking to communicate complex statistical information to wide audiences.
John later became a member of the Office for National Statistics management board. As an established Head of Profession for statistics, he chaired many of the Government Statistical Service committees and played an active role in the then Government’s Accountability and Incentives project. He went on to lead the neighbourhood statistics programme and was actively involved in the developments of statistical governance which lead to the creation of National Statistics and the Statistics Commission in 2000. In 2004, John Pullinger moved to become the 14th Librarian of the House of Commons.
Kevin Daly is a senior European economist and Managing Director in Goldman Sachs. Kevin has also worked on a number of issues affecting the global economy, including the global “savings glut,” fiscal adjustment and growth, European potential growth, and the relationship between potential growth and equity returns. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2001 and was named managing director in 2010.Prior to joining the firm, Kevin worked as an economist at Credit Lyonnais in London and Ulster Bank in Dublin. Kevin has been awarded the Society of Business Economists’ Rybczynski Prize twice. Kevin has appeared as an expert witness before the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee and the House of Lords European Union Committee. Kevin earned an MA in Economics from Cambridge University, an MSc, with distinction, in Economics from University College London and a PhD in Economics from Trinity College Dublin.
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