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Heather Savory and Jonathan Athow appointed as Directors General at ONS

17 March 2015

Two new Directors General have been appointed at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to support the National Statistician, John Pullinger, in leading UK National Statistics.

Heather Savory, who is currently Chair of the Open Data User Group (ODUG) has been appointed as Director General for Data Capability, and will take up post in early April 2015. Jonathan Athow, currently Chief Economist and Director of Knowledge, Analysis and Intelligence at HM Revenue and Customs has been appointed as Director General for Economic Statistics, and will take up post as soon as practicable after the general election.

Heather Savory and Jonathan Athow will join Glen Watson, the Director General for Population and Public Policy, all reporting to John Pullinger as National Statistician, to deliver the strategic vision for 'Better Statistics, Better Decisions'.

Speaking today, John Pullinger, the National Statistician said:

"I am delighted to announce the appointment of Heather Savory and Jonathan Athow as new Directors General, joining Glen Watson and me as the new senior leadership team. Together with our colleagues across the Government Statistical Service we are ready to take the statistical evidence base of the nation to a new level mobilising the power of data to help Britain make better decisions."

Heather Savory, the new Director General for Data Capability said:

"I look forward to leading many new and exciting projects, mobilising data, and creating digital-by-default, real-time data services that will improve the nation’s statistical and data analysis capabilities. My personal goal is that our data should be of the highest possible quality and more openly and readily accessible."

Jonathan Athow, the Director General for Economic Statistics said:

"The Office for National Statistics has a hugely important role in producing data and statistics for the benefit of the whole United Kingdom. There is a growing awareness across the economy of the potential benefits from the better use of data and statistics, and I look forward to continuing the work of delivering high quality economic statistics.”

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