Keynote Speakers


This years conference keynote speakers will be John Pullinger and Robert Cuffe. 

John PullingerJohn Pullinger


John Pullinger is the current National Statistician and has held this position since July 2014. In his work as the National Statistician, John is the principal adviser to the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) and Government on official statistics and Head of the Government Statistical Service (GSS).  His main responsibilities include advising ministers, the Cabinet Secretary and other senior officials on the production, the dissemination and use of statistics across government, providing professional leadership for all statisticians producing official statistics and strategic oversight of the Office of National Statistics.

John is also a former President of the Royal Statistical Society. He is a chartered statistician and was the inaugural chair of the Royal Statistical Society’s “getstats” campaign. John has represented the UK internationally in EU, UN, OECD and other forums. He was previously Chair, and is currently Vice-Chair, of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC). John was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to Parliament and to the community through Great Culverden Park Ltd.

Robert Cuffe

Robert Cuffe


Robert Cuffe is currently the Head of Statistics at BBC News, a role he took on in 2017 and was created by the Corporation ‘to better tell stories that contain numbers and data’.  In this role Robert acts as a consultant to BBC journalists across the News division, and works closely with the data team within Visual Journalism on stories where complex statistical analysis is needed.

He was previously employed in the pharmaceutical sector for over 10 years, working at both GSK as a director and at ViiV Healthcare as the Head of Statistics.  He also chaired PSI from 2013-2015.  Robert studied at Trinity College in Dublin and earned his MSc and PhD from the University of Oxford.  He has also been involved in the RSS as a statistical ambassador.

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