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Re-appointments to the board of the UK Statistics Authority

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Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude has today announced three re-appointments to the board of the UK Statistics Authority.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude has today announced 3 re-appointments to the board of the UK Statistics Authority.

Moira Gibb and Partha Dasgupta are re-appointed to the board for a further 2years and Professor Sir Roger Jowell has been re-appointed for 18 months.

Francis Maude said:

 I am pleased to be able to announce the re-appointment of Professor Sir Roger Jowell, Moira Gibb and Partha Dasgupta.

 I am confident that they will continue to ensure strong governance of the Office for National Statistics and promote and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics.

Notes to editors

The UK Statistics Authority was established on 1 April 2008 by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, with a statutory objective to promote and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good, and the quality and comprehensiveness of, and good practice in relation to, official statistics across the UK.

The re-appointments were made by the Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude and will commence on 1 February 2011.

Professor Sir Roger Jowell CBE is a British social statistician and academic. In 1969, he co-founded Social and Community Planning Research (SCPR), which is now the London-based National Centre for Social Research. Sir Roger is Research Professor at City University London and is the Founder Director of its Centre for comparative Social Surveys. In 2005 he and his team won the Descartes Prize “for excellence in collaborative scientific research”, and he was knighted for services to social sciences in the 2008 New Year’s Honours. Sir Roger occupies the Authority’s Deputy Chair post with responsibility for advising the Authority on its responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the production and publication of all official statistics across the UK. Professor Jowell has been re-appointed for 18 months, until 31 August 2012 and will receive a remuneration of £30,000 per annum for working at least 4 days per month. He does not currently hold any other ministerial public appointments.

Moira Gibb, CBE is Chief Executive Officer of Camden Borough Council and has had a distinguished career in local government. She currently chairs the government’s Social Work Reform Board, a ministerial appointment for which no remuneration is received, implementing the recommendations of the Social Work Taskforce which she also chaired.  She is a director of the London Marathon.  She is a former President of the Association of Directors of Social Services and was appointed CBE in 2002 for services to social services. Mrs Gibb has been re-appointed for 2years, until 31 January 2013 and will receive a remuneration of £15,000 per annum for working at least 2days per month.

Partha Dasgupta became the chairman of The Pensions Advisory Service in January 2010, a ministerial appointment, for which he receives £30,000 for 60 days per year. He joined the Pension Protection Fund as Director of Investment and Finance in 2005 and served as its chief executive and accounting officer from 2006 to 2009. Before this, Partha spent 10 years at Barclays Global Investors, the world’s largest asset management company, latterly as Managing Director of Fixed Income Europe and member of the European Executive Committee. He is also currently a non-executive member of the Save the Children (UK) Investment Committee and a Director of the Superannuation arrangements of the University of London (SAUL) Trustee Company. Partha began his career as an analyst at the Prudential. Mr Dasgupta has been re-appointed for 2years, until January 2013 and will receive a remuneration of £15,000 per annum for working at least 2 days per month.

The re-appointments have been made in accordance with the Commissioners for Public Appointments’ ‘Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies’, which have been made on the basis of merit: political activity plays no part in the process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for re-appointees’ political activity (if any declared) to be made public. All 3 declared no current political activity.

The other non-executive members of the UK Statistics Authority board are: Sir Michael Scholar KCB (Chair); Lord David Rowe Beddoe (other deputy Chair); Professor David Rhind CBE FRS FBA; Dr Colette Bowe and Sir Jon Shortridge KCB.