Chairman, SSAC

Professor Sir Ian Diamond



Professor Sir Ian Diamond became the chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) in August 2018.

Sir Ian, who was knighted in 2013 for his services to social science and higher education, was the Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen until 31 July 2018. He currently holds the following non-executive roles:

  • Chair of British Universities and Colleges Sport
  • Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee, Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)
  • Chair of Department for International Development (DFID) Research Advisory Group
  • Trustee, Population Investigation Committee
  • Chair of Council for Mathematical Sciences
  • Chair of Edinburgh College of Further Education
  • Chair of Plan International UK
  • Board Member, UK Research and Innovation
  • Board Member, UK Statistics Authority
  • Board Member, University of Aberystwyth

Chairman, SSAC

The chairman of the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) leads a committee of 13 members appointed by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to:

  • give advice on social security issues as it sees fit
  • consider and report on social security regulations that have been referred to it
  • advise on matters referred to it by the Secretary of State or the Northern Ireland department responsible for social security
  • scrutinise the products produced by the Department for Work and Pensions